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No charges expected after little boy found walking alone

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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.

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t town253 - 7/17/2013 5:47 PM
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Back up off of the mother. She is doing what she can. Would you rather she sit on her butt making more babies sucking up your tax dollars and chilling on welfare? She is not doing meth.....she is not partying or getting drunk....and she is not a lazy baby making bum. She is working hard to provide for her family.

3angels - 7/17/2013 2:57 PM
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i'm a single mother of 3 childern 10,5 and 3. i would never leave my children alone for any reason. i'm sure she is getting food stamps from dhs so why not have them pay for daycare too. o wait you don't want to take the daddy for child support thats why you dont have dhs pay for it...some people doesn't deserve to have kids

watergirl - 7/17/2013 1:59 PM
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Didn't that happen not too long ago? A young lady tweeted that she had the house to herself for the night and somebody came and killed her.

FOXLIES - 7/17/2013 1:53 PM
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Well FOX NEWS, I believe all the pedophiles, kid nappers, and burglars owe you a big "THANK YOU" for posting these poor children's address publicly. Had the writer's story not mentioned their entire address, for everyone to see, would it not have had the same impact? Come on Fox News, use a little good judgement for once and "THINK" before you print. I only hope for these poor kids sake your next headline doesn't read "Two Bodies Found at ******* in North Tulsa." What the mother did was inexcusable, but printing their address was just out right stupid. You should take it down before any more people get a chance to see it.

watergirl - 7/17/2013 1:41 PM
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I agree. That wasn't good at all to leave an 8yr old and a 3 yr old alone in the house all day.

HMMMMM - 7/17/2013 1:16 PM
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Hmmm what is it I expect from a single mom. How about take responisibility for your children. They are first yes even before work. I was a single mom for 22 years of 13 kids and never ever would leave them alone. Never did and wouldn't never of left a 8 year old in charge of a 3 year old. SERIOUSLY!!!!

mizgkwhitt - 7/17/2013 12:50 PM
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Everybody is acting as though she left the child to go party or lay up with a man...she went to WORK... Who is to say she don't want her children, d*^ I'm tired of all this negativity!!! I'm not saying that was the most responsible thing to do, but give her a break. If she was sitting at home on AFDC you would have something to say. Stop straddling the fence, what is it that you want from single moms!!!

watergirl - 7/17/2013 12:36 PM
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I always find out who these kids are that run loose and where they live, even talk to the parents from time to time. The kids know if they are in trouble or need something they can come to my house. When they see me go to the pool there is always some of the neighbor kids that will go get permission to stay at the pool as long as I am there. Sort of watch out for them is all I can do. Get to know your neighbors, stay in "the know" of what is going on in your neighborhood. I was always the neighborhood kool-aid mom when my kids were young and was willing to let some stay over while the parents went to the store.

dodgegrl31 - 7/17/2013 12:09 PM
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It's hard to wrap your mind around it yes. Scary, yes. But until we have walked in this mom's shoes and unless you know the WHOLE back story, maybe she didn't have a choice. There is assistance out there, but she may very well be one of those that falls in the cracks of too much money (because she is actually working), but not enough to afford daycare. Hopefully she will figure out another alternative. Prayers for this family. It's tough out there. Show some love.

watergirl - 7/17/2013 12:04 PM
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It's just how it is these days. Parents can't handle the responsibility of raising children. They don't want them around all the time. Kids in apartment complexes run loose around the buildings all day and night and have "check in" times. I don't agree with it but what can you do? When I raised mine I kept track of them all the time until they got in their late teens and then it was a little harder to do.
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