A Kentucky grandmother has been released from jail after she was accused of letting her baby grandson crawl from home and into a road.
Tammy Cooper, 48, faces a charge of wanton endangerment after law enforcement officials arrested her for allowing her grandson crawl from home and into a road. WKYT reported that the boy is 11 months old, while WSAZ reported that the boy is 18 months old.
Bryan Hall and his friend Melissa discovered the child when they saw the baby crawling in the rain while they were driving on Monday, according to WKYT.
At first, they thought the child was a dog.
“It was just an ‘Oh my God’ moment,” Melissa told WSAZ.
“As I got closer,” Hall said, “he started to crawl and I realized it was a baby and just kind of panicked.”
“I’m still shaking,” Melissa told reporters. “I picked that baby up in my arms with him screaming the way he was. I mean, it was like a cloudburst and this baby was sitting there in the road screaming at the top of his lungs and I think I cried as hard as he did.
“He was dirty,” she added. “He was wet, soaked to the bone, his little diaper was full.”
They soon called emergency services who arrived on the scene and reported no serious injuries to the child.
Cooper was arrested by Kentucky State Police that day and jailed at Floyd County Detention Center.
She was released on Tuesday.
According to Cooper’s daughter, who spoke with WSAZ, the grandmother had been caring for the child as well as his sister the time. She added that Cooper thought that he had been playing with his sister before he disappeared.
The children’s mother died earlier this year, according to Cooper’s daughter. The grandmother was caring for five children at the time of the incident, and called 911 when she discovered the child was gone.
The Department of Social Services is currently looking into the situation.
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