GREENWOOD, Ind. - A motorist in Greenwood made a startling discovery Wednesday when she saw a 2-year-old wandering alone in a busy street.
The incident happened during the morning rush hour on County Line Road near U.S. 31
Witnesses said the young boy had a bottle of cough syrup in his hand and was wearing only a soiled diaper.
The boy's mother, 21-year-old Emily Hommel, allegedly told police that she and her children were staying at a friend's apartment and she lost track of her son while she was cleaning the kitchen.
"There are some times that, as children age, sometimes they do start to explore a little more and explore the world around them, you know. We get that," said Greenwood Police Sgt. Doug Roller. "But, in the grand scheme of things, there were some other elements here in this case that made it different and it resulted in the mother's arrest."
According to police documents, Hommel has a history of trouble with the Department of Child Services.
She was booked into the Johnson County Jail this week on preliminary charges of felony neglect of a dependent.
After Hommel was arrested, police said they called the child's grandparents to look after the boy.
Angie's List pulls $18M expansion proposal
Angie's List says it will withdraw its request for millions in public assistance for a headquarters expansion until it better understands the…
DPW crews out for another Saturday pothole blitz
Dozens of crews are working overtime to fill Indy's potholes for the second consecutive Saturday.
Thousands attend anti-RFRA rally Saturday
Opponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act were making final preparations Friday afternoon for a weekend rally.
IMPD searching for SUV suspected in hit-and-run
Indianapolis police are searching for a vehicle they believe struck a pedestrian Thursday morning.
New Castle man accused of molesting 3-year-old
A New Castle man was charged this week with molesting a toddler at his mother's day care.