MANSFIELD, OH (WOIO) - On Sunday around 2:45 a.m.,
received a call from
in Columbus advising that a 3-year-old girl had been transported there for treatment of serious injuries. Hospital staff contacted police because the injuries appeared to be consistent with possible abuse.
responded with officers to the 1000 block of Pawnee Avenue and made contact with the 3-year-old's caretakers, John and Ashley Miller, who are the child's uncle and aunt.
Located inside the residence were six other children ranging in age from 11 weeks old to 8 years old.
Given the medical condition of the child at Nationwide Hospital, the deplorable conditions inside the home, and a concern for their welfare, the six children were taken to OhioHealth MedCentral to be examined and evaluated. They were later transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital for a more thorough evaluation.
They have since been released into custody of Richland County Children Services, who has attempted contacting other family members.
During the investigation, a search warrant was obtained and served for the residence. The Mansfield Police Forensic Science Section responded to the house and processed the scene.
After interviewing the Millers, they were arrested for endangering children, a third-degree felony.
The Richland County Dog Warden's Office was also contacted to remove three dogs and a cat from the residence.
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact Det. Matt Loughman at (419) 755-9730.