Thursday, May 28, 2009

Child Neglect Case Investigated

The Department of Children's Services is investigating after a five-year-old girl was found walking alone down a busy stretch of Highway 70 in Cookeville on Wednesday. According to a report by sheriff's deputy Scott Stockton, the child's mother had left her in the care of a relative while she took her other children to school. But that relative, her brother, fell asleep while he was supposed to be watching the child. And the five-year-old, who was upset about not being able to go to school with the other kids, decided to leave the house. She was found a short distance away and returned to her home unharmed, but Stockton says he told the mother that she needed to be more careful about who she left her child with. The sheriff department also contacted DCS to do a follow-up investigation.