COLUMBUS, Ind. – A 29-year-old Columbus woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police received a report of a young juvenile playing in the street unsupervised near Smith Street and McKinley Ave. CPD officers responded to the call around 5:50 p.m., and located the toddler who had a soiled diaper and laceration on his ankle that police say was bleeding heavily.
Officers requested paramedics who responded to the scene to care for the toddler. Later, a witness told police they saw another small child playing in front of a residence with the front door ajar in the 300 block of Smith Street.
Police then responded to that residence and located the other child who came to the door holding a large pair of scissors. After several unsuccessful attempts to make contact with an adult, officers entered the home, and reportedly found the children’s mother, Teagan Gray, who was unconscious on the living room couch. Officers were eventually able to wake up Gray, and confirm that both toddlers were her children. Gray also reportedly acknowledged to officers that she had used methamphetamine early Tuesday morning.
While inside the home, police observed a broken beer mug as well as a baseball bat covered in barbed wire that was reportedly within reach of the toddlers.
Gray was placed under arrest and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where she was remanded on a preliminary charge of Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Bodily Injury, a level 5 felony.
The Department of Child Services was requested by officers and later took custody of the two children.