A Forestdale couple is facing child endangerment charges after their young child was found walking alone toward Route 130 Monday afternoon, July 8.
Police were called to Greenville Drive at 1:23 PM when someone reported seeing the child nearly get struck by a car while running toward the main road. The caller was able to catch up with the child and looked around the area for her parents for about five minutes before calling police.
When the officer arrived, they noted that the girl’s clothing was soaked with urine, including her socks and shoes. The girl did not want a ride home in the cruiser, but was willing to walk with the officer back to her house.
As they neared the home, the girl’s father was seen outside the house. When asked, he said the girl had left the house while he was using the bathroom. He was asked why he did not call 911 when he noticed her missing and he did not have an answer to that question.
Police entered the home and observed that the living conditions were dirty with laundry and other items stacked in the kitchen and living room.
The girl was changed into dry clothes and police contacted the Department of Children and Families. According to the police report, the DCF worker noticed syringes and spoons consistent with drug use in the home and took the girl into their custody.
As a result of this incident, a 41-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman, both of Greenville Drive, will be summoned to court on a charge of reckless endangerment to children under 18.