A 20-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday, and her baby was placed in the care of the child”s grandmother after Columbus police officers responded to a 911 hang-up call and found a controlled substance on the premises.
Interim Police Chief Selvain McQueen said a 911 call was placed from 415 Peach St., but when officers arrived, they were met in the front yard by Rachael K. Mitchell, who told them no one was in the house and she was unable to gain entry.
Officers peered through the windows and saw a baby sleeping on a couch, which prompted them to search the premises more thoroughly, entering the home through an unlocked back door.
Once inside the house, police found a black, electronic scale and a pill in the baby bed. They also recovered a Lorcin 9mm handgun.
Mitchell was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
The Columbus Police Department responded to the following other calls on Wednesday:
- A rape report was filed by a parent who brought a 13-year-old girl to the police department and said that on July 30 at 1:30 a.m., the girl was allegedly molested and raped by a 16-year-old boy. The incident is still under investigation.
- At 7:40 a.m., police responded to a burglary call at Wise Staffing on 2315 Main St. Entry was gained by breaking the front glass door window, but nothing was stolen.
- At 1:06 p.m., a shed was burglarized at 1301 Third Ave. N. Approximately $425 in merchandise was reported stolen, including a yellow weed eater, a Black and Decker leaf blower, a skill saw and a miter saw.
Thursday, at 6:39 a.m., A to Z No. 2 convenience store, at 1433 Fourth St. S., reported that someone had removed the electric meter from the business and attempted to pry the door open. No entry was gained, and nothing was reported stolen.
Carmen K. Sisson is the former news editor at The Dispatch.