Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dad leaves 3-year-old son alone in bathtub to elude police (Lorain, Ohio)

Dad is identified as MARCUS HOPE.

Dad leaves 3-year-old son alone in bathtub to elude police

Posted: Aug 08, 2012 8:13 AM CDT Updated: Aug 08, 2012 11:48 AM CDT

LORAIN, OH (WOIO) - A little boy was left alone in the bathtub while his father fled from police. It happened Saturday night on West 30th in Lorain.

Police say Marcus Hope and his girlfriend were fighting about money when the argument escalated.

According to the police report, the girlfriend stepped outside to avoid a physical altercation. As she called police for help, Hope allegedly lunged forward and kicked the passenger door of her vehicle.

Fearful, the girlfriend sought safety across the street until police arrived.

When officers arrived and started to question the girlfriend about Hope's whereabouts, she said she believed he was inside their home with their 3-year-old son.

Police went inside the home, but Hope was gone.

They found the couple's young son naked and sitting alone in the bathtub. He was not injured.

Hope was arrested a short time later for child endangering and domestic violence. He has prior convictions for domestic violence as well as illegal drug activities.