|Updated: 7/18/2013 8:35 am
||Published: 7/17/2013 10:35 am
Toddler found walking alone, mother will not face charges
Neah Grayson has a month-old daughter of her own, and was shocked to find the three –year old child walking alone down the street and then find his eight-year old sister home alone.
Especially since the boy said he was walking to the store because he was hungry.
"I said I'd buy him some food, but I can't take him because they'd say I kidnapped him," she said.
She is glad she is the one who found the kids.
"Anything could have happened. Somebody could have just gone in there, she's asleep, took her," she said.
The mother told police she normally has a babysitter, but couldn't find one Wednesday and had to be at work.
"I ain't fixin' to leave my kids. I don't care if it's daytime or nighttime. I ain't gonna leave my kids nowhere unattended," said Grayson.
Now, Grayson worries about the kids, and she's not shy about her anger at the mom.
"I'm tryin' to figure out what's wrong with these parents nowadays. Don't lay there and have no kid if you're not ready to take care of them. Wherever the mom is at, she need her #$& whupped," she said.
Tulsa police only have so much authority when it comes to child-neglect cases.
"To us, leaving a child with an 8-year-old is not appropriate. But we don't have any statute on the books that says that parents cannot do that," said Jillian Roberson with the Tulsa Police Department.
Roberson said that doesn't mean the mom is off the hook.
"It's in DHS' hands. We knew that criminally, there wouldn't be anything further that we would do, because the children were safe, they were unharmed, their needs were being met," she said.
While the case is upsetting on the surface, Roberson tried to balance her feelings on the case as a mother and a cop.
"This is a single mother. She's going to work. She's trying to meet the needs for her children the best way she knows how. She did have babysitters. It just didn't work out for her today," Roberson said.