ATHENS, Ga. -- A 1-year-old boy was found walking naked on a road in west Athens after a baby-sitter abandoned him and his infant twin sisters on New Year’s Eve, according to an Athens-Clarke County police incident report released Thursday.
The incident is under investigation by a detective assigned to the Family Protection Center.
Lt. Mark Magnuson, commanding officer of FPC detectives, said the investigator was not working Thursday afternoon, but her most recent supplemental report did not indicate that the baby-sitter had been located or interviewed.
The baby-sitter faces charges of cruelty to children and reckless abandonment, he said.
The incident came to light at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when a woman walking her dog on Baxter Drive saw the naked child walking in the road.
After calling 911, the woman notified neighbors who provided blankets and a diaper for the child, police said.
When officers arrived they went door-to-door at University Garden Apartments trying to find the boy’s home until they came upon an open door, said Sgt. Jay Ragsdale.
Officers quickly determined they had found the right home because unattended 6-month-old twin girls were inside, Ragsdale said.
“It was pretty shocking,” the officer said.
Officers searched the apartment and found documents that identified a woman as the leaseholder. Dispatchers at the 911/Communication Center were able to find possible phone numbers for the woman, according to Ragsdale.
When police called the woman they confirmed that she was the children’s mother. She was working at her job while the baby-sitter was supposed to be watching her children, police said.
Ragsdale said he did not know how long the children had been left unattended, but it was long enough for the infant twins to have soiled their diapers. Police officers cleaned the children and gave them fresh diapers.
According to the police incident report, the mother told officers she made several calls that night to the baby-sitter that went unanswered and the baby-sitter did not respond to text messages.
An officer picked up the mother at her job and drove her to be reunited with her children at Athens Regional Medical Center, where they were checked out by medical staff.
“They were brought to the hospital just to make sure they were OK, and they were,” Magnuson said.