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Police: Mother left children to buy cigarettes, alcohol

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 22, 2011 7:20 AM

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Authorities have charged a Tiffin woman after she allegedly left her children home alone to buy alcohol and cigarettes.

Adriann Gressman, 28, was charged Feb. 19 with child endangerment.

According to Johnson County sheriff’s deputies, Gressman left her children home alone to go to a convenience store to buy cigarettes.

The complaint said the children left the residence and patrons at Slims Saloon found them crying in the snow. The patrons brought the children inside for safety, authorities said.

The deputies located Gressman after 25 minutes, and she admitted to leaving the children home alone, according to reports.

Gressman also told deputies she went to Casey’s to buy cigarettes and went to Slims Saloon to buy a beer while the children were alone.

According to the report, a bartender at Slims told deputies Gressman was in the bar while her children were there and did not notice them or take them home.

Child endangerment is an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $6,250.

— by Hayley Bruce


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