Woman arrested for leaving toddler home alone
Rockland — A 22-year-old Rockland woman was arrested Aug. 15 after police say she left her 2-year-old son home alone for at least four hours.
Around 11 p.m. Aug. 14, Rockland Police arrested Jeffrey Dudley, 26, on a warrant at an apartment at 205 Rankin St., according to Deputy Chief Wally Tower.
Shortly after the arrest, Tower said, multiple neighbors called police to report that Destiny Barrett, who lives in the same apartment, had left and did not have her son with her, Tower said.
Officers responded to the apartment for a second time and after a couple of hours of interviewing witnesses and talking to neighbors, police gained probable cause to enter the apartment, Tower said.
Police found the toddler "in good spirits in good health in a locked bedroom," Tower said. The Department of Health and Human Services was contacted and the child was placed with family.
At about 3:45 a.m., police were at Fieldcrest Apartments, also on Rankin Street, on an unrelated call when they spotted Barrett exiting an apartment.
Police confronted Barrett.
"She said she should not be arrested because no one told her that she should not leave the child alone," Tower said.
Barrett was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. She was taken to Knox County Jail. She has since been released on bail, Tower said.
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