UPDATE: Toddler Wanders Away Again; Mother Arrested

By: Rahel Solomon, Brooks Jarosz, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Rahel Solomon, Brooks Jarosz, WSAZ News Staff Email
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UPDATE: 5/11/13 @ 2:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mother is under arrest after police say she was drunk and let her toddler wander away.

Charleston Police tell WSAZ.com this is the same 3-year-old who was found wandering along the railroad tracks by a busy road on Friday.

Freda Gilmore, 20, of Charleston was charged with child neglect creating risk of injury. Police say she was drunk at the time of her arrest Saturday afternoon.

Detectives say the child was seen Saturday morning along Hanna Drive in Charleston. They say the mother had taken the toddler following the news report on Friday.

Police say the mother was sober Friday but became drunk overnight.

"[Her blood alcohol content level] was above the legal limit, if she had been driving a vehicle she would be arrested for a DUI," said Lt. Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police Department.

The toddler let himself out of his mother's home Saturday morning, according to detectives.

Officers say the child has been curious about doors and is opening them and wandering away.

CPS has taken custody of the child.

Gilmore was outspoken following her arrest and told WSAZ.com she was not drunk and claimed she has always been a good mother.

"I'm always sober," Gilmore said.

The little boy's grandmother was his legal guardian. Police say Thursday night she had a medical emergency and had to rush to the hospital, so she left the toddler with her son who lives on Patrick Street.

About 6 a.m. Friday, the boy's uncle was asleep when the toddler wandered out the back door.

Drivers saw him walking along the tracks, took him to a parking lot and called police.

That case is still under investigation, but at this time police do not believe anybody did anything wrong and nobody has been charged.

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UPDATE 5/10/13 @ 11:50 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 3-year-old boy found wandering along the railroad tracks by a busy road is safe.

Police spent Friday morning investigating to see what went wrong.

Detectives say it appears this actually started because of another emergency.

The little boy's grandmother is his legal guardian. Police say Thursday night she had a medical emergency and had to rush to the hospital, so she left the toddler with her son who lives on Patrick Street.

About 6 a.m. the boy's uncle was asleep when he wandered out the back door.

Drivers saw him walking along the tracks, took him to a parking lot and called police.

This is still under investigation, but at this time police do not believe anybody did anything wrong and nobody has been charged.

WSAZ.com spoke with the boy's uncle Friday morning. He says he didn't realize his nephew was gone until officers showed up at his door.

“I thought the worst,” Richard Casto, the boy’s uncle, said. “I thought he got hit by a car, a train or anything. Anything could have happened."

The boy was initially taken into child protective services, but he is now back with family members.

Casto says he has already taken steps to make sure this doesn't happen again, including putting more secure locks on the doors.



UPDATE 5/10/13 @ 7:10 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A toddler is now in the care of Child Protective Services after he was found near some railroad tracks in Charleston.

Charleston Police tell WSAZ.com some drivers in the area found the 3-year-old wandering along the tracks on Patrick Street about 6 a.m. Friday. The drivers took the child to a nearby parking lot to call police.

The child lives in the 500-block of Patrick Street. Police say the boy's grandmother had a heart attack and his uncle was taking care of him.

Police say the uncle was asleep on the couch when somehow the child was able to walk out of the front door and down Patrick Street to where he was found.

Investigators say Child Protective Services found the house where the child is staying not livable so it will take custody of the child until officials can locate the child's mother.

The uncle declined to comment.

No charges will be filed in the case.

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ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A toddler was found about 6 a.m. Friday wandering in the parking lot of a business on Patrick Street.

Officers on the scene say the boy is two-years-old.

They say the grandmother of the boy had a heart attack and was left in the care of an uncle.

The boy wandered off while everyone was asleep.

Officers say the mother of the boy hasn't been located.

Child Protective Services is taking custody of the boy.

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