Mom arrested after toddler is left on her own

Mug shot of Paris Laramore provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A Fort Wayne woman was arrested Monday afternoon after her 3-year-old daughter was found wandering alone at an apartment complex according to a police report.

Paris Laramore, 27, faces multiple charges related to the incident.

Police were called to the Baldwin Creek Apartments on Hobson Road at around 2 o’clock after employees found the child walking around the hallways on the second story of one of the apartment buildings. An employee told police that the door to the child’s apartment was open and no one was there, however the unit was filthy and drugs and paraphernalia were in plain view. Before police arrived on the scene, the child’s mother showed up and left with her.

While an officer was looking through the apartment, an 11-year-old sister of the toddler showed up and started to cry because she didn’t know where her mother was and three of her siblings were about to be dropped off by bus from school. The officer then waited outside for the school bus to arrive.

Once the bus dropped off about 20 children, including the three siblings, a silver Chrysler appeared and sped through the parking lot. The driver, who turned out to be Laramore, got out and ordered the three into the car. She then sped off again, only to park at one of the buildings. Laramore got out of the car and the officer began chasing her. The chase led to a building where the officer fired his Taser when Laramore ignored his commands.

Once another officer arrived, Laramore was finally detained, but only after a struggle. She had hit her chin on the floor and blood had splattered the officer and the hallway.

The Department of Child Services (DCS) was called and the children were placed in the custody of their grandfather. Police learned that DCS had an active investigation into the family and the apartment complex had begun the process of trying to evict her.

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