Mom charged with endangering two sons
MASURY — A Masury woman was arraigned Thursday on two misdemeanor child endangering counts linked to reports her two young boys were playing in the nude and unsupervised outside their home.
Michelle N. Metz, 25, Bedford Road, pleaded not guilty before Eastern District Court Judge Robert Platt, who set Metz’s bond at $2,500.
Metz, who was taken into custody Wednesday, is scheduled back in the Brookfield court Sept. 9.
According to a Brookfield police report, a postal carrier delivering mail to Metz’s Bedford Road home about 11 a.m. on July 29 noticed the boys alone and naked outside. The report noted the address had had similar complaints.
The report also states officers observed the property in deplorable condition, with drills and metal tools scattered among the children’s toys, as well as wrappers, rotten food, clothing and other rubbish and materials in the yard.
“Looking into the window of the door to the side porch, the condition of the debris was relative to a landfill,” the report states.
The woman told police she suffers from insomnia and fell asleep when the children, ages 3 and 4, went outside. She told officers she has little help, other than her mother, with child care, and she suffers from exhaustion.
The report states the children appeared nourished, but in filthy condition and in obvious need of basic grooming with the children’s hair matted with dirt, peanut butter and a dried white residue substance.
“The kids did not appear to have been bathed for quite some time,” the report states.
The matter has been assigned to a case worker with the Trumbull County Children Services Bureau, the report states.
A police report on March 29, 2017, described young children running naked around the front yard about noon that day at the Bedford Road address. In that report, a Trumbull County Water Department worker noticed the children and contacted police.
After Metz’s arrest on Wednesday, the children were released to the custody of their father.