Parents Charged After Toddler Found Wandering Alone In Diaper
A 2-year-old boy is safe after he was found wandering alone in Chillicothe.
Christina Wolford said she and her daughters were leaving the Cavalier Skating Rink just after close Thursday night when they heard a cry in the night.
It was a baby, standing alone, crying and shivering in the dark.
"I couldn't believe that there was a baby standing there, it was almost like a dream. I couldn't believe that there was a baby standing there with just a diaper, and no shoes,” said Wolford. “When I picked him up, his feet were like ice.”
She went to neighbors, and no one claimed to have ever seen the child. Wolford wrapped the baby in a jacket and called authorities.
The Ross County Sheriff's Office said when the deputy arrived; he took the baby inside the skating rink to warm up. More than an hour passed before the baby's parents came home, and they were then placed under arrest.
Douglas Botts, 23, and Christine Buckalew, 25, are now charged with child endangering.
Upon arrival Buckalew reportedly told police she left the child asleep at her home to "hang out and watch movies at a friend's house."
She also stated that she had been under a lot stress lately and had made a poor decision.
Botts and Buckalew were arraigned on child endangering charges this morning, and are currently being held in the Ross County Jail.
“Don't do that to an innocent child. I just hope they realize their baby could have been dead. I just hope they understand how serious this was,” said Wolford.
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