Warsaw woman arrested at work after special needs son found wandering around neighborhood

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Heather Schrock | Photo courtesy of Hancock County Sheriff's Department

WARSAW, Ill. — A Warsaw woman is facing child abandonment and child endangerment charges after an incident on Tuesday.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department received a report at approximately 6:57 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 of a young boy with special needs wandering the neighborhood near Sixth and Jackson in Warsaw. The young boy was found by a neighbor after he had tried to enter another neighbor’s home. The boy was found in an unsanitary state. The caller discovered, and then reported, that the boy’s mother was not at home. 

Deputies arrived and took protective custody of the boy. Deputies were familiar with this family from past incidents. The Department of Children and Family Services was called. Deputies also investigated the home’s condition and reported it was unsuitable for children to live in. 

Deputies later located the boy’s mother, Heather R. Schrock, 32, of Warsaw, at her place of employment and placed her under arrest. Schrock was transported to the Hancock County Jail, where she was booked and held overnight pending a detention hearing. She was released the next day with a future court date. 

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