Toddler Found Wandering Alone

By: Cynthia Ibarra Email
By: Cynthia Ibarra Email

"She was like this far from my front bumper".

Carol Hope says she was startled by a little girl who darted out in front of her car as she drove down West High Street this morning.

"She just ran right across the street, she sat down on those gravels right there and just started crying", said Hope.

Realizing the toddler was alone, Hope says she pulled over and knocked at a neighbors door, who helped clothe the child, only wearing a T-shirt, until police arrived.

"Police came knocking on doors and found that she was being cared for by a 13 year-old that evidently stayed home from school to take care of his little sister, while their parents were at work", said Hope.

"The little boy is only thirteen, he looked like he had just woken up, he was probably asleep and she wandered out and he didn't know it. But that's what happens when you have little kids watching other children", said neighbor Gina Shepherd.

Police say one of the parents was called home to care for both children. They also say Child Protective Services were notified and will conduct their own investigation.


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  • by tabatha Location: frankfort on Jun 2, 2008 at 01:07 PM
    I am 20 years old and have 2 new born kids..i let my 16 yr old sister watch my kids and they are very well taken careof. i do udnerstand that its hard times for people indtead of degrading people why dont people learn to love and just thank god that it wasnt your kids and that,that lil girl was safe...ITS CALLED A HEART
  • by greg on Jun 2, 2008 at 05:27 AM
    What is wrong with these people? They should quit work and go on welfare for the welbeing of their children!
  • by c Location: fkt on Jun 2, 2008 at 03:45 AM
    I agree with Sarah from Nicholasville. There should be a government agency somewhere that could help working parents with AFFORDABLE childcare. This situation is no different than those of children in a BAD daycares. I watched my 4 younger sisters from the time as I 7 years old because my parents had to work! There was no welfare back then, so if you didn't work, you didn't eat! I'm thankful the child is safe. I'm sure the parents love their children very much & are just trying to make ends meet! Don't judge them UNLESS YOU have been in their shoes!
  • by Gayle Location: SE KY on Jun 2, 2008 at 02:13 AM
    This has happened in my community and I am sure it will happen again somewhere else. My thoughts are "thank God it didn't turn out to be worse." I feel for the 13 year old and how this young person must feel. I don't know the parents and as it read. the incident is being investigated. Until that is done, I reserve judgement. It will serve as a good lesson to be learned. I wonder if this 13 year old has watched the little one before without any problems. All homes need to be secured if a toddler is in the house,even with the parents there. What bothers me most is a pervert or worse who has knowledge that an adult is not home with both kids. Hope this situation turns out good. I was a stay at home mom until my youngest started school. We watched our spending and lived just on what my husband brought home. I later took a job when the kids were in school was when we needed it most. It takes more to live now than it did then. I respect the ones who work as long as kids are safe.
  • by Eden Location: LEX on Jun 1, 2008 at 09:04 PM
    I still think all of you that are saying "get better door locks" are CRAZY! Are you really serious? Say the parents had the best door locks in the world but would have came home that day and the little girl would of drowned in the tub, fell down the stairs and broke her neck, got a knife and accidently fell on it, ate rat posion...anything and would have died? Those are just some of the dangers INside of the home. So what would you guys be saying then? Would it be the same thing "Oh give them a break" I think NOT. You all would have a diffrent attitude about this whole situation. As far as making a living goes and the cost of everything, if the mother couldn't afford not to stay home to make sure her children was safe there is food stamps and all of that. Something could of been done. And what about the little boys education? It was stated that he was home that day from school to keep his sister. So what about him missing school? Is educaton not important as long as Mommy has a baby si?
  • by A single mother , on May 31, 2008 at 06:26 PM
    Instead of judging these people , which we have no place to do. Why not try to help one another like we are suppose to do? Don`t sit there with your bonbons in your face and talking about everyone get out there and help your neighbor!!! It all comes back on you. Lets all be thankful the child was safe and the lady didn`t hit her.
  • by Lisa Location: Prestonsburg on May 31, 2008 at 11:28 AM
    I think that this was an honest mistake, really. A 13 year old is more than capable of taking care of a toddler. Child care is expensive, most families have to "cut corners" just to make ends meet. I am so thankful the little girl was found by someone responsible. As someone else said the parents were out working, not partying or doing other things. Get better locks and learn from this huge error.
  • by Anonymous Location: Booneville,ky on May 31, 2008 at 04:19 AM
    There nothen wrong with a teenager watching kids, it hard now days and people got work..but as one say they need to look into putting locks on where the little ones cant reach them,,I would say after the Mom and Dad left the door wasnt locked, Did the boy go back to sleep and left the door unlocked,,Small kids cant unloack a door then selfs..put safeed chain on the doors,,No it right to take the kids away from them
  • by kim on May 31, 2008 at 03:45 AM
    WALK IN THE PARENTS SHOES before you decide that these kids need to be taken away...Yes this could have turned out much worse.but taking these kids away would do much more harm than good. that little ones brother feels bad enough and taking them away would do more damage in the long run.I'm sure the mother would love to be home with her kids but the way the cost of living is today shes force to go to work and leave her kids home alone instead of being home with them.It's not my place to judge and i suggest before any one else does they walk in the parents shoes.god bless this family and i hope every thing goes well for them.politicians are making it easier for the upper class,, the working class and the working poor do not stand a chance (I'm not suggesting these people are poor by any means) ,most people find it hard to make ends meet and babysitting is probly a unaffordable luxury right now. I am a single mom and i know how hard it is for me so leave this family alone.
  • by Eden Location: LEX on May 30, 2008 at 10:55 PM
    Oh, and to the woman below, Barb...... Are you serious?? More secure door locks? You are CRAZY. Ok, say they get better locks and leave the kids agian....do yo even realize the dangers INSIDE the home? A fire, knives, drowning in the tub...soo many bad things could happen. Please god dont tell me you have children of your own?

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