Tuesday, February 4, 2003

Third charged after raid on crack house

Woman faces child endangering charge

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LEBANON - A third person was charged Monday following a two-month investigation and raid on a reputed crack house on East Warren Street.

Police were looking for Jennifer Hall, 22, of Loveland, Monday afternoon after filing an arrest warrant charging her with misdemeanor child endangering.

Her 3-year-old daughter was among two young children who were regularly at the house at 208 E. Warren Street, police said. The duplex, subject of numerous neighborhood complaints, was raided by police Friday after a grand jury charged the occupants with felony drug trafficking.

"Complaints have been going on for months," said John Burke, commander of the Warren-Clinton Drug and Strategic Operations Task Force.

He said he will pursue similar child endangering charges against two other people, including the mother of a 10-month-girl. Children's Services workers removed the children from their homes last week as a result of the drug investigation, he said.

The endangering cases are based on allegations that the mothers took their children into a house where drug activity was occurring. Burke said there are other, more disturbing, allegations involving the infant.

He would not go into detail other than to describe them as "pretty cruel acts."

Both youngsters are the granddaughters of Victoria Lynn Robinson, 40, who rented the duplex and lived there with her boyfriend Eric Harley, 39.

Robinson and Harley were arrested in the Friday raid and are jailed pending arraignment in Warren County Common Pleas Court, possibly this week.

Robinson is charged with permitting drug abuse and trafficking in cocaine.

Harley faces three counts of drug trafficking as the result of undercover buys of crack by drug agents.

Four or five others were in the house at the time, but were not charged, Burke said.

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