Police: Mom locked daughter out in heat in fleece pjs, snow boots

Police: Mom locked daughter out in heat in fleece pjs, snow boots

FOREST PARK, OH (FOX19) - A mother is under arrest after police say she refused to let her mentally disabled daughter into their home on a hot day.

Catrina Fant is held without bond at the Hamilton County jail on a child endangering charge. She faces a judge at 9 a.m. Monday.

She was taken into custody on Donora Lane Sunday after a Forest Park police sergeant found her 11-year-old child outside dressed in fleece pajamas and snow boots in 90-degree weather.

The girl has low cognitive functioning and a history of mental illness, court records show.

Her mother refused to open the door despite the crying child's numerous pleas that she was hot and thirsty, police said. The girl's siblings sneaked her a glass of water on the front porch.

When police asked Fant why she wouldn't let her daughter in, she responded: "F--- her. I don't care about her. She ain't coming in my house. You need to take her."

Police contacted social workers with Hamilton County Department of Job & Family Services. They advised there was an open medical neglect case on the woman about her daughter.

Caseworkers also told police the woman had called them five times and demanded they remove her daughter while refusing "any and all services and programs," court records show.

Police repeatedly explained Fant's parental responsibility to her. But she responded that she "didn't give a f---. Police can't make me take her."

So JFS workers responded and took Fant's four children into emergency foster care and police arrested her.

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