Uniden­ti­fied tod­dler found on side of high­way

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DAR­RYL WELCH dwelch@cov­news.com

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.

Submitted Photo | The Cov­ing­ton News

A uniden­ti­fied tod­dler was found alone on the side of High­way 11 in New­ton County Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Submitted photos | The Cov­ing­ton News

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.

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