A Naugatuck mother was arrested after her child was found wandering outside while she was away at work.
Latasha Ward, 33, of Hill Street Extension, turned herself in to police Monday night after learning of a warrant issued for her arrest.
The charges stem from an incident that was reported on March 7. According to police, a 3-year-old boy was found unattended and wandering outside alone around 2:40 p.m.
According to police, the child was found a block away from his home in the bitter cold without shoes and a coat.
The neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told Eyewitness News that she saw the boy crying outside of her window and thought maybe a neighbor was babysitting him.
"I asked the little boy where he lived and he pointed," she said.
At first, Ward told police that her sister was supposed to be watching her son, while she went to work.
However, police checked her story and even found video from a neighbor's home security camera showing Ward leaving the home with no adults around.
In the video, the boy can be seen running out of the home minutes later.
Ward was charged with risk of injury and was released on a promise to appear in court.
After being confronted by investigators, Ward told police she left the boy alone with his 13-year-old sister, so she could go to work several towns away.
The neighbors, who had the security camera, told police they see Ward leaving all of the time without her children.
"I just wanted to do the right thing and I hope that I did," the neighbor, who found the child told Eyewitness News. "And everything is OK."
Police said they have not had any issues like this before with Ward.
Eyewitness News was the only television station at Waterbury Superior Court when Ward, who brought the child with her, was arraigned Tuesday.
Ward's attorney told Eyewitness News that he was "not at liberty to discuss the facts or circumstances of this case."
The judge ordered ward to work closely with family relations because the child was not removed.
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