The first incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. Monday when Laquita Lakey Tart, 26, who is homeless, left her 2-year-old son standing on the corner of Perry Avenue and 10th Street.
According to an incident report, a woman who lives on Perry Avenue saw Tart abandon her son. After waiting several minutes for Tart to come back, the woman brought the child into her front yard and called the child’s grandmother, who came to pick him up.
A Department of Family and Child Services employee came to the scene but Tart never returned. Tart was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday on charges of deprivation of a minor.
Another mother, Lyndia Joyce Lytle, 37, was charged with two counts of the same offense Tuesday after police discovered her children, girls ages 12 and 15, had been left in her vehicle while she went to work.
The 15-year-old used someone’s cellphone to call police to the parking lot near the Bobby Jones Expressway Wal-Mart around 10 p.m. Monday.
The teen told police Lytle left her and her sister in the car when she went to work at Wal-Mart at 9 p.m. Lytle told them she had a break at 2 a.m. and would get off five hours later.
The teen stated she grew scared because the front passenger window was broken and she could not secure the vehicle, according to an incident report. Two unknown women had also approached the vehicle saying the girls were too young to be left alone.
The 15-year-old left her sleeping sister in the vehicle while she went in the store to look for her mom, but when she couldn’t be located, the teen called 911.