Mom charged with neglect after toddler found alone in parking lot at Motel 6

Police: Mom on probation for previous offense

SPEEDWAY, Ind. - The mother of a toddler who was left alone at a Motel 6 has been charged with neglect.

Talisha Evans, 32, is facing one count of felony neglect after her 16-month-old son was found alone outside a motel room wearing no socks or shoes and walking around the parking lot.

Speedway police and the Department of Child Services responded to the motel Tuesday after a witness saw the child walking outside, took him to the motel lobby and called police.

"It's fortunate neighbors were nearby and were able to see the child was unattended and were caring enough to make sure the child was placed in the proper hands," said Sgt. Jim Thiele with Speedway police.

When Evans returned to the motel, she told police that she was staying there with her four children, and had left to pick up her two oldest children from the bus stop.

Evans told police she took one of her younger children with her, but she left the 16-month-old at the hotel because he was sleeping and she didn't want to wake him.

Evans told police she ran out of gas on her way back to the motel from picking up her two oldest children. By the time Evans fueled up her car and returned to the motel, police were there with her toddler.

Police said Evans was already on probation for leaving a child unattended inside an unlocked, running vehicle in a store parking lot.


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