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Struthers grandma charged after child found on street after dark

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Tiffany Marie Mayer Tiffany Marie Mayer
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A Struthers woman has been charged after concerned neighbors called Struthers police when they saw her four-year-old girl outside alone in the dark.

Struthers police booked 46-year-old Tiffany Marie Mayer into the county jail on a charge of endangering children following her arrest after midnight early Wednesday.

The arrest came after a police dispatcher got several calls from people saying that a child had been standing on the corner of Garfield Street and Maplewood Avenue for quite some time.

When officers arrived the girl told police she lived in a house on the same corner, and no one was inside.

But police found two people inside the home, which they say had a strong smell of urine.

A fifteen-month-old baby was sleeping in the basement and a man was asleep in a locked bedroom.

The man told police that Mayer, the children's grandmother, had been watching the children when he went to bed at around 9:30 p.m.

Mayer just happened to call the man's phone and police answered.

Mayer told an officer that she and another man left home about twenty minutes earlier to buy milk at the Circle K about a block away.

When Mayer got back to her home about five minutes later, couldn't provide an answer when they asked her where the milk was that she said she bought.

They also wanted to know why it took her 20 minutes to walk one block to the store.

Since the children's parents are currently in jail, both children were turned over to the care of a relative while Mayer was taken to jail.

Children Services is also investigating.

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