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Shocking moment two-year-old boy is found riding toy trike alone on busy Ohio street without a coat or shoes when temperatures plunged to just 35F after escaping day care

  • Day care operator Jillian Jaunzemis, from Sandusky, Ohio, charged with misdemeanor child endangerment
  • Police found two-year-old boy riding red trike alone in wet socks and pants without coat, shoes or hat 
  • It was 35 degrees on Monday and child was shivering from the cold
  • Police say toddler managed to exit Jaunzemis’ house because front door was not childproofed  

An Ohio day care owner has been charged with child endangerment after a two-year-old boy was found riding a toy tricycle along a busy street alone in frigid weather.

Jillian Jaunzemis, who runs a day care from her Sandusky home, pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge on Tuesday.

Police responded to a Good Samaritan’s report of a boy riding a red plastic trike in the middle of Polk Street at around 10am on Monday. 

A two-year-old boy was found riding this red trike alone in Sandusky, Ohio, without a coat or shoes after escaping day care Monday 

Day care operator Jillian Jaunzemis (pictured) has been charged with misdemeanor child endangerment in connection to the incident

Day care operator Jillian Jaunzemis (pictured) has been charged with misdemeanor child endangerment in connection to the incident 

Jaunzemis told police she thought the child was sleeping downstairs while she was upstairs doing housework, but he managed to exit through non-childproofed door

Jaunzemis told police she thought the child was sleeping downstairs while she was upstairs doing housework, but he managed to exit through non-childproofed door 

Responding officers saw that the toddler was not wearing a jacket or shoes, and had wet socks and pants on in 35-degree weather, according to a police report.

The child was said to be shivering from the cold but could not say anything to the police because of his age.  

Patrolman David West determined the toddler had come from Jaunzemis’ home in 1400 block of Prospect Street, where she was looking after six other children at the time.

Jaunzemis told West she thought the child was sleeping downstairs while she was upstairs doing housework. Police believe the two-year-old, who had only recently entered the day care, exited out the front door because it had not been childproofed.

‘We tried to explain to her maybe [install] some child proofing, door knob covers, if she’s watching more than one kid maybe get an alarm on the door, so if the door opens there is a beeping sound,’ West told News 5 Cleveland. 

Jaunzemis said she installed a new safety latch on the front door the same day

She claimed nothing like this has ever happened before, but police beg to differ

Jaunzemis said she installed a new safety latch on the front door the same day (left). She claimed nothing like this has ever happened before, but police beg to differ 

The boy’s parents were contacted and they came to pick him up. Police said the child appeared unharmed. 

Jaunzemis said she installed a new safety latch on the front door the same day. She told Fox 8 that she has children of her own and that nothing like this has ever happened before.  

According to the police, however, this is the fourth time in less than five years that officers have been called to Jaunzemis’ home day care about incidents involving children she watches.  

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