“It’s a pretty quiet area of town, but it is fairly close to the railroad tracks,” McKinney said. “Luckily, this lady just happened to be out smoking a cigarette at night.”
The woman who called 911 told police the boy ran to her and said he couldn’t find his mom, and that he was shaking.
“The circumstance we believe that there were alcohol and drugs involved with this and the officers felt the best course of action was to bring the child to a different caregiver and to arrest the woman that was in charge of the child,” he said.
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His mother, identified by police as 33-year-old Toni M. Woodward, has pleaded not guilty to child endangering charges filed against her in Miami County Municipal Court, where she is scheduled to next appear on Dec. 12.
The child is now with his grandmother, police said.