Man arrested after girl, 4, found in traffic

Police: Jackson was asleep in nearby apartment

INDIANAPOLIS - A south side Indianapolis man has been arrested after a 4-year-old girl was found wandering in traffic near his apartment.

A passerby called police when the girl was spotted a few feet away from cars that were whizzing by on Ransdell Street at Pleasant Run Parkway North Drive around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

When the passerby asked the girl where her mother was, the child said her mom was at work at Popeye's restaurant.

When police arrived, the girl was asked who was watching out for her, and officers wrote in their report that she answered, 'nobody.'

The child then bolted away from police and ran to a nearby apartment, where officers said they smelled marijuana and found a man asleep in his bedroom.

Officers identified the man as Marvin Jackson, 25, who was supposed to be caring for the girl.

Police asked him why she was outside wandering near the street.

"She is supposed to be in her room," Jackson said according to the police report.

The man claimed the marijuana smell was lingering from the previous night, but officers arrested him on a felony charge of neglect of a dependent.

Other officers were sent to the closest Popeye's to find the 29-year-old mother at work, and the child was released back into her care.

Police said Child Protective Services was called so that caseworkers could follow up on the child's care later.

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