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Mother, boyfriend arrested on child neglect charges


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Melissa Saylor
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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Reports of an unsupervised toddler roaming the halls of a west side Columbus motel on two consecutive days led to the arrest of the mother and her live-in boyfriend on child neglect charges.

Melissa L. Saylor, 22, of 748 Glendale Drive, Columbus, and Ricky J. Small, Jr., 37, are both charged with neglect of a dependent, a Class D felony.

Small also is charged with possession of a Schedule 4 controlled substance as a Class A misdemeanor because illegal drugs were found on him when he was being booked into Bartholomew County Jail.

Please read Saturday's edition of The Republic for more details.

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