Child neglect was reported last week after a woman spotted a 3-year-old walking alone on Hwy. 15, according to an incident report filed at the Jefferson Police Department.
The woman told a police officer that she looked out her window and saw a 3-year-old juvenile male walking on Highway 15. The complainant said the child was retrieved from the road and brought into her house out of the rain. The responding officer reported he took custody of the child and briefly checked the area for his parents and then notified Jackson County Department of Family and Children Services. The child was turned over to a DFCS representative and the entire area where the child was found was checked several times but the parents were not located.
Later, the parents called 911 to report the 3-year-old missing. The mother thought the child was out back in a shed with the father and the father thought the child was with the mother, the two reported.