CLEVELAND - Cleveland Police confirm they have found a woman they said abandoned two babies at the Salvation Army/Harbor Light on Prospect Avenue in Cleveland on Wednesday.
The mom was identified as Alisha Houston, 31, of Cleveland. A warrant for felony child endangering was issued due to the children being left unattended and due to injuries of one child discovered during medical examination.
Houston was found Friday evening in Worthington, Ohio.
Houston went to the shelter around 2 a.m. Monday with a 1-year-old boy and an approximately 3-week-old girl and asked workers for a room for the night.
"And then the next morning when they were doing rounds to check to let people know that breakfast was ready they discovered that the female was gone and that the two children were there," said Cleveland Police Detective Jennifer Ciaccia.
All 50 states have safe haven laws for infants that allow newborns to be left without question with either a hospital, police officer or firefighter as the law reads in Ohio, but in Ohio the child must be younger than 30 days and it has to be left with someone not on a doorstep.
While the infant in this case fit the age criteria, the 1 year old did not and the children were left in a room unattended.
The children are in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.
Houston will be picked up tomorrow by detectives from the Cleveland sex crimes and child abuse unit.
Police are still investigating the case.