Child nude, wandering along St. Clair Avenue

EAST LIVERPOOL — City officers responded Thursday afternoon to the St. Clair Avenue area for a report of a child falling out of a window, after which he was walking nude in the middle of St. Clair Avenue.

Members of the East Liverpool Police Department arrived to find Joanne Garcia holding and comforting the 4-year-old child in a vehicle driven by Barbara Learn, and both said they had seen the child in the middle of the street.

Learn is a registered nurse and stopped her car and immediately began caring for the child, who had visible abrasions on his body, according to reports. Kevin McNicol also saw the child in the street and stopped to help, police reported.

Lifeteam ambulance responded and transported the child to East Liverpool City Hospital, from where he was later flown to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Patrolman Kevin Thompson reported he recognized the child from an Aug. 19 incident under the same circumstances for which Children’s Services was called. The officer went to the child’s home, where he reported repeatedly pounding on the door to get a response. Courtney McDole came outside with what the officer described as a “confused look,” asking what the problem was, saying she had been sick and fell asleep. She was unaware her son had fallen from the window and was injured and kept asking what the problem was, according to reports.

A 6-year-old child was asleep in the residence, which the officer described as in “deplorable condition,” with trash and clothing strewn about, no electricity or water service and a toilet filled with feces and urine causing a foul odor. McDole reportedly said she was using an electric generator and extension cords from her mother’s home next door.

The other child was sent with his biological father, and Children’s Services was called to the scene.

A record check showed officers had also responded to the home on Sept. 11 for a nude child walking in the middle of St. Clair Avenue, with Children’s Services notified at that time.

The investigation is continuing.

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