Kids found padlocked in Norwood apartment, mother arrested: Court docs

Kids found padlocked in Norwood apartment, mother arrested: Court docs
Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 11:06 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2022 at 1:03 PM EDT

NORWOOD, Ohio (WXIX) - A mother was arrested after her children were found padlocked inside an apartment in Norwood, according to court documents.

The documents state a caseworker went to the home near Hunter and Lawn avenues for an unannounced visit.

When she arrived she said she saw a padlock on the outside of the door and heard children inside, according to the documents.

“I knocked on the door and noises stopped. After knocking again, the kids asked ‘who is it?’ and I stated ‘Children’s Services,’” the caseworker said in a statement.

She then asked the children if their mother was home and got no response, according to court documents.

The caseworker then called her supervisor and police.

Nicole Jones, 29, was charged with two counts of child endangerment.

Tamara Cook, who lives next door to Jones, says she knew the children well and even offered to help.

Cook says she does not know the details behind the charges but did say she thinks there is more to the story.

“She’s got a padlock on the door, too, because the door doesn’t close,” Cook said. “I know that she’s asked the landlord to fix the door and apparently, that hasn’t been done yet.”

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