Police: Women used toddler to break into church

| July 17, 2010

Two women are accused of breaking into a church, and one is accused of using her 2-year-old child to do it, according to a report from the Port Clinton police.

Caitlin Perkins, 19, of Fremont is charged with breaking and entering. Chanelle M. Perkins, 29, of 1195 W. Fremont Road, Port Clinton, is charged with breaking and entering, endangering children and falsification, according to the police report.

A priest at Immaculate Conception Church, 414 Madison St., called police at 10:59 p.m. Thursday. He reported he noticed vigil lights had been moved and he heard noises coming from a back room.

The priest told police when he went into the back room he found two women and a child, and the women told him they were praying.

They later told the priest they had followed another couple into the church, according to the report.

An officer stated the priest said a board that had been placed over a window had been moved.

The report shows the women told the officer the couple they had followed had put their young son through the window so he could open the door to the back room. They also told the officer they were from North Pole, Alaska, according to police.

Chanelle Perkins reportedly gave the officer a false name, but when a female deputy from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office arrived to pat her down she found two cards that identified Perkins.

The priest said money was missing from the candle box, but the deputy found no money on the two women.

The officer stated Chanelle Perkins admitted they kicked out the window and put the child through the window so she could open the door.

The child is 2 years old.

According to the report, the women were charged and taken to the Ottawa County Detention Facility and the child was placed in foster care by a representative of Children's Services.



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