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Arrest made after kids found on their own in Portage home

Terry Driver

Terry Driver

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Updated: June 15, 2014 6:22AM



PORTAGE — A witness’s report of a toddler sitting alone outside led police to Terry Driver, 24, passed out inside his home while three children — ages 2, 1 and 4 months — were left to fend for themselves.

The witness told police he saw the 2-year-old about noon, sitting near Rose Avenue and Brown Street. He said the child got into a white Ford Explorer sitting in a driveway in the 3300 block of Brown Street. When no caregiver showed up after about 10 minutes, the man called police.

Police said the front door of the duplex was open with the screen door closed, and the only response to knocking was barking dogs. When an officer knocked again, he heard an infant crying and entered.

The two younger children were in the home along with Driver, who police said was passed out and didn’t awaken despite the crying children and barking dogs. When an officer woke him by shaking his arm, Driver reportedly was “groggy and agitated,” then let loose a “tirade of vulgarity,” some of it directed at the children, according to the police report. When asked for the children’s names, he refused to give the information and reportedly told police they could “take two.”

Other than being dirty and needing diaper changes, medics told police the children had no pressing medical issues, but they were taken to Portage Hospital.

Driver told police he had driven the children’s 26-year-old mother to work about 10:30 a.m. then returned home to sleep. He said the kids were in another relative’s care while he was gone and when he fell asleep, but he would not provide a name. Driver also said a 47-year-old female relative, who lives at another Portage address, has legal custody of the children.

Driver was arrested on three counts of felony neglect of a dependent. He also was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

Police said he repeatedly and deliberately hit his head against surfaces in the squad car and kicked at the center console, which spilled an officer’s Gatorade onto a siren control box.



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