JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A 19-year-old was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after police located a toddler wandering around unattended on a Jamestown Street.
Officers on patrol for the Jamestown Police Department were flagged down by two residents in the area of West 9th and Cherry Streets around 8 p.m. on Monday.
The residents reported seeing a two-year-old child walking around unattended without a parent.
The toddler was located around two blocks away from the residence they were staying at.
Police said it took around 30 to 40 minutes for the child’s caretaker, later identified as Lynette Merced, to be located. Merced was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Officers report the toddler, who was not injured, was turned over to another family member.