Police: Dad left kids home alone

Elijah Gaines (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Elijah Gaines (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

WESTWOOD, OH (FOX19) - A Westwood father is behind bars after police say he left his two young children home alone.

Elijah Gaines, 36, is facing child endangering charges.

Police responded to an apartment in the 2400 block of Westwood Northern Boulevard for an unrelated matter and found Gaines' 4-year-old son in the stairwell crying. The boy told police which apartment he lived in, and police found an 1-year-old girl on the floor crawling around and trying to eat Vaseline out of an open jar.

Gaines came home after receiving a call from a neighbor and told police he went to the store. He was taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center.

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