Columbus mom faces child neglect, drug charges

2-year-old found wandering naked in street

COLUMBUS, Ind. - A Columbus mother is facing charges after neighbors found her toddler wandering naked in the street Tuesday afternoon.

The children of 34-year-old Valena Michelle Martinez-Gonzalez were in protective custody Wednesday after a neighbor called officers with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said the neighbors found her 2-year-old daughter on the street and when officers visited the house, she denied having children in the home. However, police soon found her 1-year-old sweating profusely in a room with no air conditioning.

Police believed the children had been unsupervised for about six hours. Both kids were checked out and will be OK.

Officials said Martinez-Gonzalez was charged with two felony counts of neglecting a dependent, felony possession of meth, felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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