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Baby's Day Out: Toddler Found Wandering Down Busy Street

On Saturday, a 3-year-old boy was found wandering alone on University Drive, The Arizona Republic reports.

When police went to the boy’s home, they found his 7-year-old sister there unattended. Now the mother, Keyera D. Tolbert, is facing endangerment charges for the incident.

On Saturday morning, a passerby noticed Tolbert’s son wandering alone near heavy traffic on University. It was 111 degrees, according to authorities. The passerby called the police and sat with the boy until authorities arrived.

The police took the boy back home to Sonora Canyon Apartments in the 200 block of North Gilbert Road, but instead of finding the boy’s parents they found a 7-year-old girl who was home alone. Neither the boy nor his sister knew their mother’s phone number.

Ten minutes later, a man arrived at the apartment, saying the children’s mother had asked him to watch them while she was out. When Tolbert returned home 90 minutes later, she was arrested and charged with two counts of endangerment.

Under Arizona’s criminal code, endangerment is broadly defined as recklessly putting someone in danger of death or injury. If the endangerment involved the risk of imminent death it’s a class 6 felony in the state. Since Tolbert’s toddler was found wandering on a busy street in 111 degree heat, the child was arguably in danger of dying either by being hit by a car or succumbing to the oppressive heat.

If convicted of endangerment, Keyera D. Tolbert could spend anywhere from 1.5 to 3 years in prison. Tolbert’s children have likely been placed in the care of Child Protective Services.

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