A Texas mother has been charged with child endangerment and child abandonment after her two-year-old daughter was found “wandering the streets” alone.
According to the Times Record News, Shareka Shanta Allen, 35, of Wichita Falls, was arrested on Friday after police responded to a report of an unaccompanied child walking near a junior high school.
The person who called police reportedly said that the child was hungry, dirty, and had her shirt on backwards – and that the toddler said she had left home to get her nails done. The witness drove around with the child for a bit, hoping to locate a parent, before bringing her to the school and calling police when no one came looking for the little girl.
According to the report, when police located the toddler’s mother, she told them that she had left the girl in the care of her elder daughters while she ran some errands. Those daughters reportedly had a history with police, and were connected to numerous investigations involving assault and drug possession.
Allen’s child abandonment charge was reportedly due to her leaving the toddler with unreliable supervision.
Allen was booked on $10,000 bail, and it is not yet known if she made bail or remains in custody.
Photo: Wichita County Sheriff’s Office