Police report two cases of too drunk to parentIn two separate incidents in north Fargo on Sunday, police arrested parents for allegedly being too intoxicated to care for their kids.
By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM
In two separate incidents in north Fargo on Sunday, police arrested parents for allegedly being too intoxicated to care for their kids.
Police were called to Oak Grove Park shortly before 8 p.m. for a suspected domestic fight, said Lt. Pat Claus.
The couple denied having fought but stank of alcohol and had trouble walking on their own, Claus said. Two children – an infant nearly a year old and a 13-year-old – were taken into protective custody, he said.
Arrested on suspicion of child neglect or abuse were Emerceta Hairychin, 29, of Fargo, and Christopher Hairychin, 33, of Moorhead, police said.
Two hours later, around 9:50 p.m., witnesses called police to report a man had hit a woman, causing her to fall on top of the 3-year-old child she was holding at the time, Claus said.
Police responded in the 300 block of 24th Avenue North, where officers say they found an open can of beer and several unopened cans stashed in the child’s stroller, Claus said. The 3-year-old was taken into protective custody, he said.
The alleged victim, Lisa Sheeley, 23, of Fargo, was apparently intoxicated and was also arrested on suspicion of child neglect or abuse, Claus said.
The 26-year-old accused of striking Sheeley, Evan Hill of Fargo, was arrested Sunday and charged Monday in Cass County District Court with simple assault and reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors.