The father of a 2-year-old boy was arrested Thursday morning after deputies found his son wandering alone on Wrightsboro Road on Wednesday night.
Kevin Farley, 27, was charged with deprivation of a minor and booked into Richmond County Jail. Farley’s sister told police that she told him he would have to watch the boy while she picked up their mother from work. Farley told authorities he was asleep and was never told he would have to watch the child.
Police received a call about the toddler around 11:30 p.m. and found him on Wrightsboro Road near the ASU Athletic Complex.
Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Carrier said deputies and investigators searched the area for about an hour and a half for the parents.
“We actually had assistance of people in the (Georgian Place) apartment complex knocking on doors trying to locate the parents of the child,” Carrier said.
At 12:45 a.m., officers located the child’s aunt.
The charge against Farley came only hours after a south Augusta mother was charged with involuntary manslaughter and deprivation of a minor when her 2-year-old toddler escaped from their home in the 3800 block of Creighton Place and drowned in their swimming pool.
Lisa Stocker told deputies she was asleep when her son, Daniel, went missing shortly after 7 a.m. from their Creighton Place home. About two hours later, she discovered the child was missing and notified police.
Surveillance video from a neighbor’s home showed the child outside and unattended earlier that morning.
Daniel’s body was found in the pool by police about 12:30 p.m.
Investigators said they are working with the Department of Family and Child Services to see if the family has a history of reports with the agency.