JPD charges man after nephew found wandering in street

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Jonesboro police have charged a man with endangering the welfare of a minor after finding the man's nephew walking along a street unsupervised Saturday afternoon.

Jonesboro police said an officer was called to 817 North Main where a person found the child wandering along the road and not wearing any shoes.

Police have not released the name of the person who found the child.

After further investigation, Officer Jim Flanigan said he discovered the child was supposed to be at 908 North Madison, where the child's 19-year-old uncle Curtis Hayes was supposed to be watching the child.

Travis Whitcomb said he keeps an eye out for the children he sees in the neighborhood where the two-year-old child was found. "Usually when kids (are) in the street over here, I'll call (the police) if somebody's speeding."

Whitcomb said he had not heard about the boy walking down North Main Saturday afternoon. "Just out of my human nature I couldn't even, even if I (was) drinking or anything, I couldn't just fall asleep on a child."

Hayes told police he had been partying and drinking the night before and was asleep when the boy got out of the house.

"They should've known if he was responsible enough to keep the child," Whitcomb said.

According to the police report, while officers were questioning Hayes, the child's grandmother Annette Johnson arrived at the home on North Madison after coming from work.

Johnson told police she does not know how the child got out of the house because are the doors were locked.

Region 8 News made contact with Hayes who said he was willing to tell his side of the story, but no one answered the door at 908 North Madison.

Johnson said over the phone that the child is fine, and she plans to buy monitors to put on the doors in her home.

Hayes' bond was set at $520. He is no longer in police custody.

He is scheduled to appear in court Monday at 1 p.m.

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