CROWN POINT — Charges are pending after four Lake County Sheriff’s Department officers arrived at a Crown Point home and found three unattended young children, police said.
The children were unharmed and none of them required medical attention, police said. The Department of Children's Services has launched and investigation.
Currently, the children are in the care of their parents, said Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez.
Police responded to the Crown Point home Sept. 2 after someone called 911 and hung-up, Martinez said. Lake County Sheriff’s Officer Christopher Akey responded and Officer Ryan Fay, who was off-duty, also came to help because he was in the area.
Fay was the first to arrive and heard a child in the home crying and screaming, “Mommy, where are you?” Martinez said. Speaking to the child through the door, Fay asked the child to let him inside.
Fay comforted the distressed 6-year-old and her 2-year-old sister and was able to get them to calm down. As Fay checked the rest of the home, the 6-year-old told him about a 6-month-old infant asleep in a bedroom at the back of the home.
Akey, along with Officer Kyle Kranz and Officer Grant Traxler, worked to identify the children’s guardians and found documents in the home that identified the mother and potentially also the father, Martinez said. Meanwhile, Fay held and soothed the 6-month-old baby, who began to cry and scream.
The officers were able to give dispatch information to call the mother and the man they believed to be the father. As the officers waited for the woman to arrive home, Traxler changed the infant’s diaper while Kranz sat with the other two children to find their favorite TV show.
The mother returned home after a short period of time and the situation is being investigated by detectives at the Lake County Special Victims Unit. Martinez said possible charges are pending.
Police said at this time it is too early in the investigation to speculate what potential charges may be and who might face charges.
The sheriff said he plans to issue an official commendation for the officers who responded.
“The level of care and concern these officers showed demonstrates their desire to help improve the lives of the public they serve,” Martinez said. “They stepped in where help was needed and did what they could to ensure the wellbeing of the children in this case. I applaud them for a job well done.”
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