Drug endangered child recovered

Elaine V. Werling

Staff Repots

PIQUA — At 4:48 a.m. Friday, Piqua police officers responded to a missing child complaint at 120 Sherman St.

A 4-year-old was last seen asleep on a couch but was missing, along with her car-seat, according to a press release from Chief Bruce Jamison of the Piqua Police Department.

Missing child protocols were activated, Jamieson said, which included off-duty resources of the Piqua Police Department, the SAR K9’s Search and Rescue Team, on-duty assistance from Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Neighbors were also awakened by officers conducting a canvass, he said. Circumstances dictated that this was an endangered missing child, according to Jamison.

“Because the first few hours are so critical in these types of cases, the Piqua Police Department ‘ramps up’ quick,” Jamison said.

The child was recovered at 7:27 a.m. due to the investigative actions of the initial responding officers with assistance from detectives from the Piqua Police Department. The focus of the case then changed to a “drug endangered child” investigation.

Elaine V. Werling, 39, of 120 Sherman St., Piqua, was taken into custody in relation to this investigation.

Werling was arrested on a warrant for child endangering and a new charge of child endangering based on Friday’s incident. Both of these offenses are misdemeanors.

She is in the custody of the Miami County Jail.

“We are working with appropriate social service agencies in the interest of coordinated protection of any children potentially involved,” said Jamison said, saying no further information is available about the ongoing investigation at this time.