A 3-year-old was found sleeping on a sidewalk while the mother was at a nightclub. A May 1 news release by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said the three-year-old was discovered on Saturday, April 30, in Fort Walton Beach. Fort Walton Beach is on the Florida Panhandle, about 160 miles southwest of Tallahassee.
“The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office was called to Gibson Street around 1 a.m. Saturday … after a security officer found a three-year-old wrapped in a blanket asleep on a sidewalk,” the sheriff’s office said.
“Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of two more young children asleep alone in an apartment at the complex.”
The ages of the two other children were not released by investigators. According to WKRG, the Choctaw Village Apartments was being patrolled by a security guard when the child was located.
48 two-story units make up the apartment complex located along a primarily residential street in north Fort Walton Beach.
Officials said a woman, 25, identified as the children’s mother, eventually returned to the apartment. Deputies questioned her.
The sheriff’s office said the woman “admitted she had gone out to a nightclub about 90 minutes earlier, leaving the children unattended.”
The sheriff’s office said the mom was arrested and charged with three counts of child neglect without great bodily harm.
After their mother’s arrest, investigators did not disclose where the children were taken.