Child Found Wandering Streets; Home Unlivable

School playgrounds are no stranger to kids, though Friday afternoon it played host to a child far too young to be in class.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- School playgrounds are no stranger to kids, though Friday afternoon it played host to a child far too young to be in class.

"I wasn't surprised," neighbor BJ Leeson said. "It's happened before."

Leeson lives just two houses down from 1014 Beech Ave., where a 1-year-old sneaked off, eventually wandering 75 yards down the street.

"This is the West Side of Charleston," Leeson said. "People are getting shot. Kid could have been ran over."

The child's mother, who didn't want to speak on camera, said she fell asleep and the little boy unlocked the door.

Though police spending an hour looking for the child's parents is only half the story.

"The conditions that they were living in were not safe for them," said neighbor Stacie Sheppard. "It's very scary."

The cockroaches and clutter police found inside are the reason the city's building inspector has declared the home is unlivable.

"In the summertime it's horrible to even come outside," said Leeson. "It just smells nasty."

Now, the investigation begins.

While neighbors hope charges will be filed, everyone is just happy the situation ended without anyone, especially a child, being seriously hurt.


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