Toddler Wandering Neighborhood Naked, Mother Arrested

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

A 22-year-old Laurel County mother is behind bars after her 2-year-old son was found wandering her neighborhood completely naked with just a pair of shoes on. Amanda Nelson told authorities she had no idea the child was missing.

A resident in the same neighborhood who did not want to be identified, found the child and immediately brought him into his own home where he put some clothes on him and called police. Police say had that person not found the child when he did, they fear he could have died from exposure as temperatures were below freezing.

When authorities knocked on Nelson's door, they say she gave them a false name and also said that children "wander off," and that they should not be concerned. Social services investigated and placed the child with other family members.

Nelson is facing a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a minor and a misdemeanor charge of giving a false name to police. She is expected to be arraigned on Monday.

Relatives of Nelson declined an on-camera interview but say that she is a good mom and feel this has been blown out of proportion.


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