Small child’s crying leads deputies to unresponsive man in Taylorsville yard

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man after they were sent to the 9200 block of Tecumseh Street in Taylorsville about a child crying over a man who was unresponsive in a yard.

At about 1:26 a.m. Saturday, Deputy Teancum Clark found a small child at the Taylorsville address who was crying and screaming, deputies said. Clark picked up the child and moved him away from a male who was found unresponsive in the yard, deputies said.

Clark made several attempts to wake up Raul Velazquez-Gonzalez, 27, 1525 Mill St., Columbus, who was found passed out, deputies said.

Velazquez-Gonzalez woke up groggy and smelling of alcohol and agreed to a breath analyzer test which showed a reading of .210 percent, deputies said. The child was turned over to Child Protective Services and placed in foster care, deputies said.

Velazquez-Gonzalez was arrested on charges of public intoxication and neglect of a dependent, deputies said. He was first taken to Columbus Regional Hospital where he was cleared by medical staff before being taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, deputies said.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.