Piqua woman out of jail after child goes missing

Elaine Werling charged with child endangering in Miami County. (Photo/Miami County Jail)
Elaine Werling charged with child endangering in Miami County. (Photo/Miami County Jail)

PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – A Piqua woman is out of jail on bond after she was charged following the disappearance of a 4-year-old child.

Elaine Werling, 39, is charged with two misdemeanor charges of child endangering.

The little girl disappeared early Friday morning, July 3.  She was last seen sleeping on a couch at a home at 120 Sherman Street.

The Piqua Police Department activated its missing child protocol which included off-duty resources to come in and look for the child.

The child was found safe about three hours later.

Officers say they then focused on whether drugs played a role in the incident.

Werling spent the weekend in jail. She posted a $5,000 bond Monday morning and now awaits her next court appearance.

It is not clear whether Werling is related to the child.

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