JPD: 2-year-old child found wandering in the rain Thursday night | News
Thursday night, while a cold rain poured down, many of us were warm and dry in our homes.
But Jonesboro police say a 2-year-old, barefooted child was wandering the streets.
Around 8:39 p.m. officers were dispatched to the intersection of Vine Street and Oak Avenue regarding a lost child report.
Police said the family lives in the 1000-block of West Matthews and the child “had to travel several blocks to reach the intersection.”
When they arrived they found the caller with a little girl. According to the initial police report, she was dressed in a matching skirt and tank top.
She was not wearing any shoes.
At the time, the temperature was 64-degrees and “raining pretty heavily,” the officers reported.
The girl’s mother was located and arrived at the scene to claim her lost child.
She told officers her daughter “must have unlocked the deadbolt on the door when [she] was not paying attention.”
The mom told officers she searched for her daughter for several minutes before calling police.
According to the report:
“There was a call at 8:23 p.m. from a caller stating have seen [the child] walking down Oak Ave. toward Vine St. [The mother] called the police at 8:25 p.m. and [the witness] found the child and called police at 8:26 p.m.”
The child was turned over to the mother and police notified the Department of Human Services.”
The police report stated “[The mother] has committed the offense of endangering the welfare of a minor in the third degree….conditions that [the mother] recklessly put [her child] in could have caused her serious physical injury.”
The mother was not charged.
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