Wednesday, July 1, 2015

2-year-old found alone and shivering this morning

A 2-year-old boy was found shivering and wandering alone in Chester Township this morning and when police found the uncle who was supposed to be watching him, he didn't even know the toddler was gone, police said.

2-year-old found alone and shivering this morning


A 2-year-old boy was found shivering and wandering alone in Chester Township this morning and when police found the uncle who was supposed to be watching him, he didn't even know the toddler was gone, police said.

"It's like he didn't even care," Chester Township Police Chief Kenneth Coalson said. "But he cares now because he's getting arrested."

The child was found around 8:40 a.m. on Yarnall Street near 12th with mismatched sneakers, a soaking diaper, oversized jeans and a thin t-shirt, police said.

"It looked like he dressed himself," Coalson said.

He had wandered about a block and half from his home and a neighbor grabbed him out of the street as a bus was coming, police said. The child was shivering so badly that police called medics to check him out.

They then went to his house where they found the door wide open and the child's uncle, 20-year-old Jamil Hayden, fast asleep about two feet away from the door, Coalson said.

"We asked what he was doing and he said he was watching his nephew," Coalson said. "He didn't even ask where his nephew was."

Police contacted the child's mother who was working and was extremely upset to learn about the situation, Coalson said. The boy was handed over to the county's Children and Youth Services until they could interview his mother but Coalson said he is expected to be returned to her care.

Hayden, who is from Philadelphia but was staying with his sister, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person.

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