Mom cited after 8-year-old hitches ride with stranger to school...on Saturday

Mom cited after 8-year-old hitches ride with stranger to school...on Saturday
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police cited a woman with child endangerment after they say her young daughter got dressed and hitched a ride with a stranger to school Saturday morning.

At 9:16 a.m. Officer Kiandra McCain was called to the MicroSociety Magnet School, 1110 W. Washington, in reference to a found child.

According to Principal Amanda Turner, a teacher hosting an event at the school called her when a stranger dropped off the 8-year-old student.

The girl told McCain she thought it was Monday, so she got dressed and waited for the school bus. When the bus didn't come, she walked to Walgreens and asked a stranger to give her a ride to school.

The principal tried to contact everyone listed as the child's contacts, but could not get in touch with anyone. So she called police.

McCain was unable to contact the child's mother, who was reportedly at work, and her father, who lives out of town. She also made several attempts to contact other family members.

"Since I could not contact anyone, I contacted the Department of Family Services and they sent a caseworker," McCain stated in her report.

At 10:25 a.m. the girl's mother returned McCain's call, saying she was at work on Harrisburg Road.

McCain told the woman what had happened, to which she replied her other daughter was supposed to watch the girl "but she must have never showed up."

When asked why she had not returned anyone's phone calls, the mother reportedly said she was at work.

"I advised [her] that she needed to update her information at the school and make sure she had someone to watch [the child] and talk to her about the dangers of getting in cars with strangers," McCain stated in her report.

Officer McCain cited the mother with third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and a failure to appear warrant. She was given a May 21 court date.

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