Unidentified toddler found on side of highway
Thursday at around 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m., an unidentified black male toddler was found secured in a car seat on the side of Highway 11 near Patrick Road in Covington.
By Friday morning, the toddler’s mother had been found and investigators started conducting interviews.
Overturned car seat found by passerby
A man walking on Highway 11 found a male toddler strapped into a car seat on the side of the road, according to a Newton County Sheriff ’s Office (NCSO) incident report.
According to the report, the man was walking south on Highway 11 from its intersection with Highway 278 when he heard what he thought was a small child cry in the area of a ditch near 373 Highway 11.
After investigating the sound, the man reportedly observed a child in a blue car seat laying on its right side, facing the wood line.
According to the report, he was still unable to see the child until he walked into the ditch and turned the car seat over.
When he turned the seat over, he reportedly discovered the child, awake and alert, buckled into it. According to the report, at that point he notified law enforcement.
NCSO, EMS and Newton County Fire Rescue responded to the scene to check the health of the child. EMS reportedly decided to transport the child via air ambulance as a precaution. According to the report, an investigator and the
Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFACS) were notified.
NCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cortney Morris notified local media outlets, including The Covington News, of the incident with pictures of the child, clothing found with him and the car seat in an attempt to locate anyone with knowledge of him. It was later confirmed by NCSO that the child’s mother had been found.
Investigators interview mom
According to a Morrison, investigators interviewed the mother during the early morning hours Friday attempting to ascertain exactly how and why the baby ended up on the side of the road. They are also reportedly trying to find out who was responsible for caring for the child during that time.
Morrison said the lead investigator will be re-interviewing the mother later as all attempts are made to verify her story. So far, according to the statement, no charges have been filed in the case.
Sgt. Morrison said any information, no matter how minor it may seem, could provide details needed to further the investigation. This is an open, ongoing investigation and no arrests have been made.
“We need to find justice for this precious baby as he cannot speak for himself,” Morrison said.
A unidentified toddler was found alone on the side of Highway 11 in Newton County Thursday afternoon.
Dressed in a striped shirt and khaki pants, the toddler was found buckled into a car seat.
The car seat, with the toddler buckled in, was found in a ditch on the side of Highway 11.