An Ohio mother was mortified as she awoke to see a home invader getting ready to give her 2-year-old son a bath. Areica Hill was in her Columbus home on Wednesday when she looked down the hall and saw a woman in her bathroom with her child. She had been woken up by her dog who was barking.
“I get up and I walk to my door and the way my house is set up, I can look down the hall,” Hill said. “I see a white female lady, bent over the tub, with my 2-year-old in the tub.”
Hill said she managed to get the woman away from her son and then her boyfriend restrained her until the police arrived. The intruder has been identified as 22-year-old Elizabeth Hixon. She was arrested and charged with burglary, WCMH-TV reported.
Hixon was released from jail after posting bond in Franklin County Municipal Court, according to the report. Her mother, who spoke to WCMH-TV by phone, told the station that her daughter didn’t mean any harm. Hill, however, would like to see some form of justice. “I would like to see other charges filed against her,” she told WCMH.
In an affidavit, which was filed in Franklin County Municipal Court, Hixon stated that she had gone into the home to provide care for a child. Franklin County prosecutors said other charges may be filed after the investigation has been completed. It’s unclear whether drugs, alcohol or mental health issues played a part in the bizarre incident.
The overall crime rate in Columbus is 64% higher than the average of crimes committed in Ohio. It is also 62% higher than the national average. When it comes to violent crimes, Columbus, shows a crime rate that is 73% higher than the Ohio average and 34% higher than the national average. When it comes to property crimes, Columbus is shown to be 63% higher than the Ohio average and 67% higher than the national average.
Shocked mum wakes to find ‘home invader, 22, running a bath for her 2-year-old son’ https://t.co/4iaSKR84gF— The Sun (@TheSun) October 21, 2019
Earlier this month, a 42-year-old Canadian man was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference after he broke into a sleeping child’s bedroom. Windsor County police responded to a home invasion at a residence at approximately 3:30 am after a family member heard the intruder, entered the child's room and confronted the suspect.
An investigation revealed that the child was inappropriately touched "in a sexual manner" before they were able to call for assistance. Windsor police said a "brief struggle" ensued and the suspect ended up fleeing on foot. The suspect was later found and arrested without incident before 8 am.