Sheriff: 5-year-old girl found alone over a mile away from home

IZARD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – Two Band Mill residents were arrested on Sunday morning after an underage girl was found wandering.

According to the Izard County Sheriff's Department, an Arkansas Game and Fish officer found a five-year-old girl alone.

When two deputies arrived to the scene in Band Mill, the girl told them she was hungry and was trying to make her way to her mom's job in Calico Rock.

Officers then took the girl to where they thought she lived which was a mile and a half away from where she was found.

The sheriff's department said when Paul and Cindy Duncan answered the door they told deputies the girl was their granddaughter.

Both were cited for endangering the welfare of a minor and given a court date. They both also tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine, when they were cited. A social worker from the Department of Human Services gave the child back to her mother.

The mother was told to not leave the minor alone with her grandparents because of their neglect.

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