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Posted on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 : 10:34 a.m.

Drunken couple arrested after bayonet found in baby stroller in Ypsilanti

By Lee Higgins

Ypsilanti police arrested a drunken couple early this morning after they were pushing a baby stroller with two young boys, open containers of alcohol and a bayonet inside, a police news release said.

According to the release, officers responded to the 500 block of Perry Street about 1:30 a.m. after the woman attempted to grab a bicycle off someone's porch.

Security guards had been watching the couple and detained the woman, the release said. Officers found the woman's sons, ages 1 and 4, in the stroller - along with the open containers and a "double-edged bayonet," the release said.

Police said both were highly intoxicated and a "long way" from their residence.

The 30-year-old woman and 52-year-old man, both from Ypsilanti Township, were taken into custody. The woman was taken to a local hospital to be checked out after she complained of abdominal pain, the release said. The children were turned over to a relative who lives nearby, the release said.

It's unclear what charges may be filed in the case. Ypsilanti police officials could not be reached for comment this morning.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at


ronn oneal

Thu, Jul 1, 2010 : 4:05 a.m.

WTF is really going on. The security officer has a job to do and I feel he did it well. Nobody was hurt during the arrest and the Police officer was glad to have save a baby from sleeping in the park another nite, or miss and meal. Yeah! it was that bad but people they don't have the inside scoop want to make the issue that people need their kids. Not if they cant keep them safe from harm and they only want the F.I.A. benefits to buy more drugs and drinks and the kids are hungry, cold, sleepy and dirty. Good job officer M. Gibbs. Don'T pay the L.T. and A.W. and Doll any mind. Hell they should try finding a job to become productive citizens of the community and not just suck the system bone dry.


Tue, Jun 29, 2010 : 11:27 a.m.

Kudos to Ypsilanti police officials! I appreciate common sense policing. The children were not given to a state bureaucrat, but to responsible family members that the officers found. When it can be avoided, it is best to keep innocent children out of the hands of meddling social workers. Said workers almost invariably, despite their original altruistic intents, become part of the destructive crushing machine of the nanny-state wherein common sense becomes decidedly uncommon.


Mon, Jun 28, 2010 : 9:12 a.m.

Hmmm...I suppose an argument can be made that if you must go walking in the early hours of the morning with your children and drunk, you might NEED a bayonet to defend those children... I suppose you could argue the NEED to drink also...


Sun, Jun 27, 2010 : 10:32 p.m.

Well who DOESN'T walk their kids at 1:30am while bringing along alcohol and a bayonet?


Sat, Jun 26, 2010 : 3:20 p.m.

@Malorie, They do have alcohol sensing electronic tethers now. At least in CA, just ask Lindsay Lohan


Sat, Jun 26, 2010 : 1:27 p.m.

Hammer - Was that a joke? It was 1:30 in the morning! jgl - It might sound like a good plan in thinking it up, but the reality is even if she succeeded through rehab, it would be verry hard to catch her up in a relapse without at least twice daily breathalyzers (which is possible). I'd prefer her to go through training to become a loving and compassionate parent, but you can't force someone to be a good person. =(


Sat, Jun 26, 2010 : 11:23 a.m.

This is sick, a 4 year old in a stroller! The parents should be making him walk.


Sat, Jun 26, 2010 : 10:55 a.m.

I do hope follows up on this story to find out if and when charges may be filed, and to the status of the minor children.


Sat, Jun 26, 2010 : 10:28 a.m.

Funny response SMAIVE. It is hard to understand why some people have children.


Sat, Jun 26, 2010 : 9:40 a.m.

Unbelievable. I hope the relative is responsible and not of the same ilk as these two.


Fri, Jun 25, 2010 : 9:38 p.m.

I don't know what the law is in this case, but I think the mother, at least, should be required to go through alcohol rehab. and not have her kids returned to her until she does. I realize she'll lapse; there should be some some legal agreement that if she does--1 or 2 or 3 times--her kids are taken away from her due to negligence.


Fri, Jun 25, 2010 : 6:43 p.m.

The really sad part is that if either of these "people" doesn't serve any time (they probably won't), the kids will be right back in that stroller at 1:30am (if these are the parents). I rarely agree with separating children from either of their parents, but I think it's obvious from this small amount of information that these people have no business babysitting children, let alone raising them.

John smith

Fri, Jun 25, 2010 : 2:53 p.m.

It's called incarceritis


Fri, Jun 25, 2010 : 2:31 p.m.

Well there's a home remedy I'll think twice about again for teething pain...

Bob Needham

Fri, Jun 25, 2010 : 2:18 p.m.

(two off-topic comments removed)


Fri, Jun 25, 2010 : 11:03 a.m.

How big was the bayonet? We want pictures! :-)


Fri, Jun 25, 2010 : 10:41 a.m.

Utterly amazing. I don't have a problem with the parents enjoying themselves a bit, but once you have children your priorities are second to your childrens'. The kids should have been home sleeping and mom and pop could have been imbibing on the front stoop.


Fri, Jun 25, 2010 : 10:25 a.m.

Fakeing sick is a very common thing people do to avoid jail


Fri, Jun 25, 2010 : 9:50 a.m.

Now there's a headline one doesn't see every day.