Mother accused of neglect after autistic child was found running in traffic

Mother accused of neglect after autistic child was found running in traffic

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A mother is being held on a $20,000 bond after police say her young child was found running in and out of traffic.

According to the probable cause report submitted by the Baton Rouge Police Department, the incident happened on Monday shortly after 7:00 a.m. A witness called police.

"The bystander informed officers that she was worried for the child's safety and had to render help to the child because she didn't want someone to kidnap the child or see the child being struck by a vehicle," the officer noted in the report. "Officers took custody of the child and turned him over to family services."

The report additionally notes that the child's mother, Quanitha Green, 31, has several prior cases involving neglect.

"[Green's] son had left the residence and police was contacted at approximately 7:17 a.m. [Green] did not notify the police until 9;19 a.m. in reference to her child [being] missing," the officer noted. "When officers made contact with the [child] he was extremely dirty, had on no shoes, a string was holding the child's shorts up along with his hair being matted. The child had a strong odor of urine coming from his person."

Green was questioned and allegedly told police that her child is autistic and that he was not at school because he was sick.

The Department of Family Services conducted an inspection of the home and say it was found to be in bad condition.

"The strong odor coming from inside the residence was unlivable and could not be tolerated to continue to check inside the residence," the officer stated.

Green is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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