Neglect charged after boy found in street

December 17, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a woman whose 5-year-old son was found wandering in the street in only underwear and socks Tuesday morning.

A probably cause affidavit and arrest warrant were issued Thursday for 25-year-old Jayme N. Hurt of Michigan City, charging felony neglect of a dependent, according to court records.

The boy was found in the street by a newspaper delivery driver about 5 a.m. Tuesday “standing in the middle of the roadway” near Ohio and Ferry streets, according to a police report.

The driver, a 47-year-old man, told police he first saw the child on the side of the road near Ferry and Elston, and thought it looked suspicious, so he turned around and went back.

It was about 25 degrees out at the time, and the child was “wearing a T-shirt and kids underwear. He also had on socks, but not shoes,” police said in the report. “The child was also shaking from what I assume is the cold,” an officer wrote in the report.

Police said the child, after being put in a squad car, said, “Mommy and Daddy left in the silver car.”

A few minutes later, a 911 call was received from a woman, who claimed to be the boy’s mother, police said. Officers went to the apartment in the 1700 block of Manhattan, and confirmed she was the boy’s mother.

Hurt told police she woke up about 4 a.m. to take her boyfriend, the child’s father, to work at Walmart, and the boy was sleeping, the report said. She said she made sure all the doors were locked, then took the man to work about 4:25 a.m., the report said.

She said she went into Walmart to pick up some groceries, and returned about 5 a.m. to find the boy missing, the report said. Hurt said she “ran around the area looking for her child, and called 911,” according to the report.

Paramedics said the boy “seemed to be in good condition,” police said. Hurt said she planned to take him to the hospital to get checked, according to police.

The Indiana Department of Child Services was notified of the incident, and police asked the prosecutor’s office to file a felony charge of neglect, which was formalized on Thursday.

Hurt had not been arrested as of Friday afternoon, police said.

—From staff reports

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