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Two Arrested on Neglect Charges Involving Alcohol

Columbus Police Department made two arrests for child neglect on Sunday, where alcohol was a factor.

Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for the departments, says that In the first incident on Sunday,police were called to a home in the 3600 block of Candlelight Drive at about 6 p.m. An 8-year-old girl had called her mom from her father's house, saying that her father would not wake up. The mother first tried and then police tried to wake the man up.

"After several attempts, the man did wake up," Myers said. "He stated that he had only been asleep for 10 minutes."

Myers said that the situation had already lasted more than 45 minutes at that point.

David M. Beaudoin, 44 of Candlelight Drive, was arrested on a felony charge of neglect of a dependent.

Just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday police were called to the 700 block of Washington Street on a report of a man who appeared to be intoxicated -- staggering and stumbling while walking with two small children in an alley. At first the man wouldn't stop for police, Myers said.

"The kids were crying, begging the man to stop for the police," Myers said. "At one point, he told them to 'be quiet' and to walk faster."

Myers said officers gave the man a Breathalyzer test and he tested .23. Police also found that the man had an outstanding protective order and was not supposed to be around the children. After being taken to the hospital, James Hodapp, 33, of Center Street was arrested on charges of public intoxication, invasion of privacy and child neglect.

Last Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014 11:50:48 AM

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