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Georgia toddler found crawling along road; dad arrested

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:08 AM
Last updated 6:23 PM
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CARLTON, Ga. -- The father of a 1-year-old girl was arrested after she was found crawling along Georgia Highway 72.

Timothy Pickens was charged with cruelty to children, reckless conduct and obstruction.  MORRIS NEWS SERVICE
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Timothy Pickens was charged with cruelty to children, reckless conduct and obstruction.

The child was rescued by a Carlton man who told deputies he was driving from Elberton about 10 a.m. Friday when he spotted the child crawling along the fog line of the highway, according to a Madison County sheriff’s report. The man stopped, placed the crying child inside his vehicle and called 911, deputies said.

The child had multiple insect bites and scratches apparently after crawling through the terrain for more than hour and falling down an about 15-foot embankment near the highway, according to the report.

Two deputies and a ranger with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources responded to the location and the Department of Family and Children Services was notified.

While deputies were investigating, 37-year-old Timothy Pickens came walking up to the scene “screaming that’s my child,” officers said.

Deputies said Pickens was told to stay back while medical treatment was rendered, but he screamed at the officers and pushed a deputy as he tried to reach the man holding the baby.

At that point, deputies said they placed Pickens in handcuffs.

The child’s mother arrived and explained that she and her husband went outside the house and left the child in the care of their other children, ages 13, 9 and 5, according to the report.

The mother said she was outside about an hour and upon going back inside the house she could not find the child and called 911 for assistance, officers said.

A DFACS worker arrived and after discussing the matter with the parents, the worker decided to release the child to the mother so she could take the child for medical treatment.

The father was transported to jail and charged with cruelty to children, reckless conduct and obstruction.

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myfather15
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myfather15 06/17/14 - 06:09 am
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Hhhhhmmm, something doesn't sound right!!

Left the house for an hour? Was outside for an hour? Where exactly? What were you doing that this child could crawl away like this?

She said she called 911 for assistance; was that before or after the father arrived where they found the child?

Why was the child turned back over to the mother? Lot's of unanswered questions in this case.

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 06/17/14 - 06:56 am
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myfather15

I agree with you, if both parents were outside and left the child attended with siblings she is also guilty of cruelty to children and reckless conduct. She should not have the obstruction charge but until a detailed investigation is completed this child and other siblings would be better served by placing them with a willing responsible family member or even placed in foster care. Leaving a 13 year old with 2 children under 5 is a lot of responsibility.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 06/17/14 - 07:41 am
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Calm down

A 13-y-o is perfectly capable of keeping track of and caring for a 1-y-o for an hour while Mom works in the garden or chats with a neighbor and Dad works outside on the yard. Who knows why that didn't happen? Even a 9-y-o can handle this task for an hour with older people nearby.

Some kids climb the refrigerator and some escape and wander, even when their parents are doing everything exactly as they should as parents. It happens all the time. Having the situation investigated is appropriate and arresting the father for going gronk is appropriate.

Taking all the children and destroying their family over this is absolutely not appropriate. The idea is to help families that need help, not to ruin their lives because a kid or two screwed up.

AFjoe
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AFjoe 06/17/14 - 08:29 am
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Happen to me

Years ago I had just moved to a new town, new house in a new neighborhood and my son wondered down the block and was eating snacks at some peoples house I had never met. My wife and I were in the back room putting stuff away. His older brother was suppose to be "watching him". Give the parents a break...

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/17/14 - 10:10 am
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Fiat, the voice of reason

Thousands of children, if not tens of thousands, are "sat" by young teenagers every day. This one screwed up. Thank the Lord tragedy was averted, and ruining these people's lives is not the answer.

I don't even agree with the obstructing charge; this man was in a panic and distraught. Cut him some slack.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 06/17/14 - 11:55 am
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I Agree

I agree with pretty much everything that has been said. Between 'Fiat' and 'itsanotherday', I think the issue is probably covered. Shock of shocks, a teenager actually messes up -- if that is actually what happened. Unless there has been a DFACS call in the past, I would hope that everything will be dismissed, and life for this family will move on. Lesson learned.

carolouk
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carolouk 06/17/14 - 02:55 pm
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Yeah, nothing to talk about here except heroism...

13 YO SHOULD be able to watch the baby, especially his sibling, especially if the parents are outside. My daughter is 13 and can babysit ANY child 10 and under. However, when it is a sibling, they feel safe and get complacent. Chalk one up to a lesson to be learned for the teen and the parents. SOOOO glad the baby was saved. What a tragedy for them if she was not. SOOOO glad the guy that found her felt some redemption in his life. YEAH for being sober!

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 06/18/14 - 09:46 am
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National coverage?

I see that Comcast has picked up this story and has a video on their homepage with an interview with the Mother and Father. I agree with most above posters, the older kids dropped the ball and the parents were in the back yard. They said the little girl was asleep inside where the 3 brothers were, but one of the boys left the front door open and they didn't realize she had woken up and left the house. Hope Madison County does the right thing and drops the charges against this Father.

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