COLUMBUS, Ind. — Authorities are investigating why a young boy was found wandering a downtown Columbus street over the weekend, marking the third time in a year the child has been found without supervision.
A resident in the 1200 block of 10th Street called police at 6:59 a.m. Saturday after she found the 3-year-old boy wandering the street wearing only a diaper.
Columbus Police Patrolman Eric Kapczynski recognized the boy from two other incidents in which the child was left unattended to in the past year, said Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for the police department.
Kapczynski went to the child's residence two blocks away, where the child's aunt said she had fallen asleep and thought the boy's father was watching him. Myers said the aunt told police that the father left without telling anyone.
Police could not find the boy's father. The boy's mother, Claudia M. Woodall, 25, was arrested on a warrant charging failure to appear in court on a conversion charge.
Child Protective Services was called to investigate. No charges have been filed, but authorities have provided information to the Bartholomew County prosecutor's office for review and consideration of charges.
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