INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis mother was arrested on felony neglect charges after her 4-year-old son was found wandering with frostbite-related injuries in sub-freezing temperatures, police said.
Neighbors called Indianapolis Metro Police Department officers after noticing the 4-year-old boy wandering near snow banks in the 600 block of North Keystone Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. When police arrived, they found the child wearing no coat and no socks, clad only in a flannel shirt, T-shirt, pants and shoes.
Paramedics were called when officers noticed swelling and reddish discoloration in the spots where his skin was exposed to the 14-degree temperatures.
When he arrived at the hospital, detectives said the child’s body temperature was only 36.9-degrees, but doctors warmed him up and noted that he was able to move all of his extremities.
Child Protective Services arrived to take emergency custody of the boy after his treatment at Riley Hospital for Children.
While the child could not tell police his own name or any information about his family, police said they were able to locate the child’s mother, identified as Ashley Didion, 24, of the 800 block of North Tacoma Avenue.
After questioning her about the child getting out of the house, she was booked on a felony charge of neglect of a dependent.
Police told the Call 6 Investigators the child is believed to have Autism and had a history of getting away from his mother in the past.