Man charged after foster child falls from van


A man was charged with endangering children and a seat-belt violation after a 3-year-old girl fell from his moving van, police reported.
Police said James R. Vavrinak, 45, of Saul Drive in Hubbard told them he was driving about 5 mph down his street to “a few houses down” from his residence when the child, who was not restrained, opened the door and fell out at a stop sign around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Police were called by a neighbor, who told them the girl “flew out the door” and rolled onto the street. The neighbor rushed to help, and the child was sitting up and screaming when she got to her.
The man had another girl, a 1-year-old, on his lap in the van, the report indicated.
When police arrived, the 3-year-old was playing with other children at the house a few doors down from Vavrinak’s residence.
An ambulance crew checked her and said she appeared to be fine, but said she should go to the hospital.
Vavrinak’s wife told police the girls are foster children. She said the 1-year-old also was recently burned by a fire at the couple’s home. She was wearing socklike covers on her hand and foot, the report said.
Police allowed the couple to take the 3-year-old to the hospital themselves, making sure they put her in a car seat and took her right away.
They contacted Trumbull County Children Services, which was working to remove the children from their care, the report said. Vavrinak is to appear in Girard Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Tuesday.