Portsmouth Police dealt with heartbreaking custody situations as they assisted CPS. In one case, a mom asked CPS to come to get her kids. In the other, grandparents fought to hold onto a child. Plus, officers tackled multiple overdoses and plenty of suspicious behavior.
1. Heartbreaking Situation
Portsmouth Police dealt with a heartbreaking family situation just after 4:30 pm. Four units were on the scene to assist Scioto County Children Services in removing children from their home.
The mother called CPS and said she could no longer take care of her four children. She gave CPS the information to contact the children’s fathers. One father said he couldn’t take custody until Monday.
Police said the children were understandably upset. One of the children refused to get ready to go. The woman told the children they were going to their grandparents or their father’s home. That information was untrue. CPS workers were not happy that the woman lied to the kids.
After CPS finally placed the children in vehicles to leave, the woman attempted to change her mind and then began to tell the children they had no place to go until Monday.
Police informed the woman it was too late to change her mind and that she needed to stay away from the vehicle. CPS left the scene with the children.
2. Emergency Custody
Portsmouth Officers dealt with another emergency custody issue at 8:46 pm. CPS placed the child with grandparents as part of a safety plan. However, the court granted the father custody after an investigation was completed.
The grandparents filed for emergency custody but the court didn’t grant it. However, they advised police of a safety issue at the father’s house.
An officer spoke directly to a judge who granted the grandparents’ request that the child stay with them until a court hearing on Monday.
3. Hit By Fentanyl
A woman told officers she’d been “hit by Fentanyl” just before 11 pm. Police found her standing near a stop sign on Adams.
The woman claimed she took a hit of cocaine that may have been laced with Fentanyl. However, when medics arrived on the scene she refused treatment.
4. Suspicious Activity
- At 12:23 am, a Harrisonville Avenue caller reported someone messing around with a car in her neighbors’ driveway. She told police the neighbors weren’t home. Officers could not locate the suspect.
- Two minutes later, officers responded to a Front Street resident for a report of someone beating on the door. The subject left before police arrived.
- Police responded to a request for help with a house check at 1:07 am. A caller wanted officers to help her check the home of someone who is currently in the ICU. The caller thought someone was in the house. No one was inside.
5. Under The Influence
- Police received a report of an overdose on Kendall Avenue at 2:31 am. However, the person called back a few minutes later and said they no longer required help.
- At 4:24 am, a caller reported a screaming man on Kent Street. Officers advised him to calm down.
- A local rehab facility reported a resident screaming at employees and acting aggressively just after noon.
- Police answered a call to the Family Dollar on Gallia after someone found a backpack containing needles. Officers destroyed the needles.
- A caller asked police to check on the welfare of a 4-month-old baby. The caller claimed the adults in the home were using drugs. When police checked out the home at 6 pm, they found the baby happy and healthy and the home neat and clean.
- Just after 6 pm, a caller reported a man talking to himself in the middle of the road on Summit Street. An ambulance transported the man to the hospital.
- Police answered a call to Speedway at 9:54 pm for a report of a man passed out in a vehicle near the ice machine. The man told police he was fine.
6. Maybe Next Time He’ll Think Before He Cheats
Just after 3 pm, police responded to a report of a disturbance in front of Money Bomb Tattoos on Walnut. A woman on the scene said her boyfriend cheated on her and the woman he cheated with now claims she is pregnant.
Officers said the disturbance didn’t require police involvement, though they did explain how to file a civil protective order.