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Housing official finds toddler alone during inspection

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

Investigators say a toddler was left alone in an apartment complex Monday morning. Officials made the discovery at 941 Valley Avenue in Lexington just before 11 o'clock.

Firefighters say the 14-month old boy was found inside an apartment by a Lexington Housing Authority staff member. The staff member came to the apartment to do annual safety check. After finding the child alone inside, the housing authority worker called 911.

Firefighters say that they could not see any physical injuries to the toddler, but still transported the boy to the hospital to be checked out. At this point, investigators do not know how long the toddler had been left alone.

Firefighters tell 27 Newsfirst that an uncle, who showed up at the scene went with the boy to the hospital.

Child Protective Services is now investigating and Lexington Police are going to be assisting. So far no charges have been filed and no arrests in the case have been made.

The mother of the toddler, Kathy Townsend says she was shocked after receiving the call at work about what happened, "I mean, I was in a frenzy I was driving, nervous you know. I almost had an accident trying to get there. Because I didn't know what was going on."

The child, Ki-Avoni is now back home from the hospital with his family. He was unharmed.

"He's fine. He's doing okay. They say it was just protocol. Even though, they say he could have drank something or ate something or done something but he as asleep," adds Townsend.

Townsend says that her brother, who was supposed to be watching Ki-Avoni left for just a few minutes to get some milk.

"He's okay, were okay. But again, I'm thanking God because it could have been worse," says Townsend.

Townsend says that this will be the first and last time, Ki-Avoni is left alone, "Even if we're going to check the mailbox, we'll wake him up and take him with us."


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