Kids Taken, Mother Arrested After Child Found On Interstate

Two Indianapolis children were placed in the state's custody on Saturday after a 3-year-old boy was found playing on the side of Interstate 465 near 56th Street.

Police said the boy wandered out of a second-story apartment, down the stairs and about 200 yards to the road at about 9 a.m. He was clad in only a shirt and diaper, 6News' Tanya Spencer reported.

Damon, 3, and Gabrielle, 2, were taken from their mother, Nancy Dyer.

Witnesses told police that the boy came within feet of fast-moving traffic. Sha-Hanna Lewis, a leasing agent with Scarborough Lake apartments, recognized the child immediately. She said it was not the first time the boy was found by strangers.

Lewis said she took care of the boy for about an hour a couple of days ago after he was found wandering the parking lot.

"I was the one who called last time it happened," Lewis said. "She doesn't need the kid. She has another little girl."

Police said they found Gabrielle filthy and eating off the floor. Investigators said there was feces on the walls of the home and trash was everywhere.

Nancy Dyer faces two counts of child neglect after her 3-year-old autistic son was found alongside Interstate 465.

Investigators said Dyer was asleep, unaware that her son had been gone for more than two hours.

"Mom seemed like she did not really care at all, like it was just a nonchalant thing," said Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Cedric Merritt. "(It is) very concerning, especially to know that a child was almost struck and possibly could have been struck on the interstate. (She) acted as if she didn't care at all."

Dyer was charged with two counts of child neglect and her children were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Dyer said she recently moved to Indiana from Florida and said her place was a mess because she was still trying to unpack. Police are working to find the father of the children.

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