MEDFORD, Ore. – Two have been charged with child neglect and a 2-year-old boy is in the custody of state officials after neighbors found him wandering down the sidewalk Tuesday afternoon.
Neighbors said they were shocked to see the toddler alone with no shoes on. Police said the call came in just after 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Myria Raines stated she was home when her two grandchildren came in from playing outside and told her that a young boy was crying on the side walk.
Raines said she tried to find out where the boy came from or who he was with, but had to call 911. Medford Police arrived and used a reverse 911 call to home phones of residents in the immediate area to alert them of the found boy. About 45 minutes went by before authorities were able to find where the boy came from: a woman around the block who was supposed to be watching the child for the mother; that woman now faces charges of child neglect.
Soon after finding the woman responsible for watching the child, the mother of the boy, 36-year-old Elaina Mann, showed up and police charged her with child neglect. Mann had left the 2-year-old boy with the woman on Monday, saying she wouldn’t be gone long and left no contact information. The child is now currently in the hands of the Department of Human Services.