Howland father receives jail term

WARREN — A Howland father arrested after his three children were found in unclean living conditions in March was given a short jail term after pleading guilty to child endangering.

Lucas Snyder, 25, of Elmwood Avenue NE, pleaded guilty to three counts of child endangering as municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak dismissed charges of obstruction and resisting arrest.

Snyder was sentenced to 180 days in Trumbull County jail, but Ivanchak said he will be released on Aug. 23. Snyder also will be on probation for two years.

The Howland man was arrested after township safety forces were called to the Elmwood Avenue home on March 25.

Police reports state the front door was open and officers could see trash, including soiled diapers, all over the floor in the living room. In the kitchen, officers found a sink full of dirty water and dishes that appeared to have been there for some time. Garbage was all over the floor with spoiled food laying out. A back room also was full of trash and debris, the report states.

Some of the adults appeared to be under the influence of drugs, the report states.

The bedroom and bathrooms also appeared as if they hadn’t been cleaned in weeks, with trash around, including food and dirty diapers. In a room with a crib, police observed a quarter in the crib as well as two large bottles that appeared to have urine in them.

Paramedics were called to help a 19-year-old woman who had injured herself by falling down exterior steps to the home. The woman, the mother of the three children identified as Madison Culver, now 20, was taken to Trumbull Regional Medical Center for treatment. The ages of the children were not given in the report, but two of them were in diapers, the report states.

Police took drug paraphernalia from the home for evidence, the report states.

Culver, according to municipal court records, was found guilty of assault and endangering children on May 5. Jail records showed she served 30 days and was given a two-year probation.

The court has restricted visitation with the children under the guidance of Trumbull County Children Services.


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