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Mother Charged After Child Wanders Off

Posted January 28, 2008
Updated January 29, 2008

— A Fayetteville woman was charged with child neglect Monday after her child wandered away from a babysitter's home, police said.

Candice A. Council, 20, of 511 Edwards St., dropped the boy off at the babysitter's home in the 600 block of Campbell Avenue Monday morning but never woke the babysitter, police said.

The child walked out of the home after the mother left, and the babysitter was unaware the child had been left inside the residence, police said.

Officers found the child wandering the neighborhood at about 10:45 a.m., and they located Council about 45 minutes later, police said.

The child was unharmed during the incident, police said.


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  • Weetie Jan 30, 2008

    I guess the age of this child doesn't really matter, but just wondering: Has anyone heard the child's age? Couldn't have been very old I am sure. (If age was mentioned, I missed it-sorry).

  • myself Jan 29, 2008

    Please don't blame the mothers age on her stupidity!

    I got married at 19. Had my first child days after turning 20, second child at 21 and now I'm 23 and pregnant with number 3! I am also a stay at home mom who is and plans on homeschooling. I know I'm not the best mom, but I'm not stupid either. Age has nothing to do with ability to parent. I have read about some pretty dumb parents in their 30's.

  • wnithepooh Jan 29, 2008

    I have a question... is the babysitter telling the truth? Did the parent really drop off the child without the babysitter being aware that the child was there? or did the babysitter lie to get out of being charged and possibly put out of business? Something here seems fishy to me. Don't get me wrong it could be true, but what if?

  • UpwardlyMobile Jan 29, 2008

    Wow. Why didn't the mother make sure the sitter was awake? Why was the sitter asleep when she knew she was supposed to be babysitting? This is a situation where almost everything that could go wrong did. Except thankfully the child was found safe.

  • saltygirl2 Jan 29, 2008

    This is a Brittany Spears move

  • Rocknhorse Jan 29, 2008

    Where's the responsibility? If you care about your child, you won't leave that child unattended. A sleeping person who is not aware the child is there is NOT attending!!

    Glad the child is safe.

  • 1crazygirl Jan 29, 2008

    They should both be charged.

  • St Ives Jan 29, 2008

    My granddaughter learned how to unlock a door when she was two. I quickly had someone install a safety lock on the top of the door frame, the same kind of precaution one would take with childproofing doors to substances that can cause harm. My daughter also took the precaution of not leaving her child with people who are asleep!

  • baileysmom3 Jan 29, 2008

    I guess even if she was awake, can kids run faster than fat adults who sleep all day?

  • nonemeant Jan 29, 2008

    My question is what kind of arrangements did mother have with this babysitter?? It concerns me that a babysitter is STILL sleeping when she knows that a child is coming for her to take care of. How alert can she possibly be to care for a child (especially an active toddler as this child seems to have been) and she is just waking up.