Mother’s other day

Monday, May 12 just before 3:30 p.m. when police were called to a home on Parkview Circle. The caller, the resident of the home, had found a 3-year-old child in her yard, the child having slipped from a nearby home. This had happened once earlier in the day, she told the reporting officer, and she had called the mother, who she knew. The mother arrived then to take the child home and she, the caller told the officer, was obviously under the influence, with an unsteady demeanor and slurred speech. This being the second time in about 45 minutes the child had gotten out, she called police, the report stated.

The officer left the child in the care of the caller while he checked the mother’s home, which was four houses away. He called a second officer to assist while he did so.

When he got to the woman’s home he saw the front door was partially open. Announcing himself by his employer ("Conway Police") he waited at the door for a moment and, with no answer, opened the door and went inside, again announcing himself.

With that he saw a woman’s head pop up from the couch, where she had apparently been sleeping. "It appeared the woman was passed out and did not notice the child had left," the officer reported, adding, "nor that officers had entered her home." He noted here the woman was "confused and groggy."

The officer asked the woman if this was where she lived and, after getting a "yes" answer, asked where her daughter was. With this the woman mumbled and pointed to a bedroom door, which was partially open. The officer asked the woman for her name and the woman refused to give it, then, with a second request, gave her first name. The officer asked her last name and the woman would only reply "No!" very loudly.

The officer asked if she has had any mental health issues, and "no" again was given, then if she’d consumed any alcohol or medicine. "No," again, was the reply. He asked her name again, she replied "No!" again. He told her that her daughter was wandering the neighborhood without shoes and the woman "seemed unphased by this," the report stated, then again refusing to give her name.

The officer told her to stand up, that she was under arrest for obstructing government operations, and the woman refused to do so. Some wrestling here, marked, again, by the woman saying, then shouting "No!" and the officers got her in handcuffs. The officers got her name from a envelope nearby, then had dispatch check, which told them there were other children. Officers cleared the home, found no other children and, woman in tow, began to leave.

It was difficult. The woman resisted by stiffening her arms and legs, at times shouting "No!" With effort they were able to get her in the back of a patrol car. The officer noted that as they were close "I smelled the strong odor of ethyl-alcohol emanating from her breath."

The officer was able to reach a man, his name was on the home’s utility account, who said he was a boyfriend and agreed to come to the home to pick up the one child. He told the officer the other two children were in school and that the one child was his daughter.

The woman was taken to jail, booked for endangering the welfare of a minor. It was an effort at jail as the woman refused to get out of the car and ultimately had to be unloaded into a restraint chair.

The officer concluded the report with two points. One, that the boyfriend came and got the errant child from the neighbor. Two, that the home was a mess ("in disarray" — report speak) with dirty dishes throughout, as well as spilled food on the floor, and bugs on the countertops. The Child Abuse Hotline was told of this, the officer reported.

Scam attendant

A man came to police Monday morning, May 15, at about 10:45 a.m. He met with an officer and told him the tale of a errant business exchange.

He had been, until recently, employed by a payment processing company, which offered, among its services, gift cards. He noticed he was being overpaid for one account in particular and moved to look into the situation. He realized, after checking, his manager had upped the service charge on the account to $190. He asked the manager about this and was "blown off" by the man, he told the officer, the report stated.

He then went to check the contract and realized the manager had changed the contract, forging both his and the business owner’s signature. He could prove this because he keeps the originals on file, he told the officer.

When he contacted his supervisor by Email about this he was fired, he told the officer.

He gave the officer copies of the contracts, including the contract on file. The officer gave the man a report number.