COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) — A 3-year-old was found wandering through a Martinez neighborhood on Monday morning while the babysitter was reportedly asleep.
According to Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the boy was found in the area of Palmetto Drive and Colonial Road around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. The boy was wearing a gray shirt, blue shorts, and no shoes and was running east on Colonial Road without an adult. The woman who found the child looked around for an adult but when she didn’t see one, she put the child in her car and took him back to her home.
As soon as she got home with the child, her husband called 911. Investigators arrived to find the boy sitting in the garage playing with toys. While investigators attempted to talk to the child, the child said “Mommy gone.” EMS arrived and evaluated the child.
The child’s home was later located on the 300 block of Deerwood Court with the door slightly open, where they found 37-year-old Stefanie Jones, the child’s babysitter. Jones told investigators that she had been staying at the home to watch the boy since August 6 while his mother was out of town.
Jones told investigators that she was in bed asleep after working the night before and was not aware that the child got out. DFACS responded and turned over the boy to a family member, because the child’s mother was working outside the area.
Jones was arrested and charged with deprivation of a minor. Bond was set at $1,100.
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