Child found walking in street, babysitter charged

Child found walking in street, babysitter charged

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A woman is charged with endangering the welfare of a child after someone found a young boy walking down the road last week.

According to an incident report from the Independence County Sheriff's Department, the caller told deputies that the little boy was screaming for his mother, naked and covered in dirt and feces.

The woman told deputies the young boy told her "his mother was not home" and "nobody was home," according to the report.

Another neighbor said he heard the child screaming for about an hour.

The caller said a woman walking with a little girl told her that she was the roommate of the child's mother. She said she would call the mother.

The mother showed up a short time later, got the child and left.

Deputies then went to the 100-block of Triple D Road and talked to the mother and her roommate about the incident.

The mother said that she left her children with her roommate, 26-year-old Tiffany Marcum, while went to help her sister.

She reportedly told Marcum that the children were not allowed to go outside.

The mother then received a call from Marcum saying that the Department of Human Services was possibly coming to get her children.

When the mom came back, she said she found her child down the road near a neighbor's house, naked and covered in feces.

Marcum said she allowed the older child to play outside, but she couldn't get her to come back in.

So, she told the other children to get inside the house while she went to get the oldest child. That was when the little boy reportedly left the house.

The Independence County Sheriff's deputy contacted the on-call DHS worker about the incident.

The DHS worker told the deputy to call the Child Abuse Hotline.

Marcum was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and given a court date.

She was not taken to jail because she could not find anyone to care for her handicapped child for the night, according to the report.

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