3-year-old found wandering alone on Rock Hill street

08/08/2014 11:51 AM

08/08/2014 6:36 PM

A Rock Hill man was charged with cruelty to a child Thursday after a motorist found a 3-year-old boy wandering alone in the middle of the street, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

Ladavideoun Anthony Neal, 22, was released on a personal recognizance bond after his arrest, according to city jail officials.

The child was not injured and was returned to the custody of his mother after the state Department of Social Services was notified.

At about 9:45 a.m. Thursday, a driver on Nations Ford Road in northern Rock Hill called police after seeing the child wandering alone in the roadway and getting the child to safety. Officers canvassed the area and initially could not find which house the child had left.

Shortly afterward, a woman identified as the child’s grandmother arrived, shaking and crying, the report states. The grandmother told police she had left the child in the care of Neal while she went to care for an invalid relative.

Neal told police that another person in the house had agreed to care for the child and he fell asleep, the report states, but he also admitted he agreed to care for the child for the grandmother. The other person who agreed to watch the child told officers she was watching another child and did not see the 3-year-old leave the room, the report states.

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