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Toddler found wandering in roadway; mother cited for child endangerment

May 2, 2013 - From staff reports

A 21-year-old Riverton mother was cited for child endangerment Wednesday after her 3-year-old daughter reportedly was found unattended in a roadway north of town.

The call came in at about 5 p.m. Wednesday when a woman in the 100 block of Firethorn Lane reported that a girl was crying in the road.

"She doesn't know where she belongs," the woman told dispatchers. "She is covered in mud (and) won't talk to anyone."

The woman on scene described the child as an American Indian or Hispanic 3-year-old with dark hair and brown eyes wearing a Dora the Explorer shirt and tan pants. At 5:10 p.m., the woman reported that the child had been in the area for about 20 minutes.

"She said that her mom dropped her off and then left," the woman told dispatchers.

According to Fremont County Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee, the girl had actually wandered away from her home in the trailer park. He added that the girl wasn't wearing a jacket, but otherwise he said she was "OK."

Lee said the child's mother, Tiana Jealous, 21, of Riverton, eventually realized that the girl was missing, but it was apparent that the 3-year-old had been unattended for almost half an hour.

"She hadn't been checked on for up to 30 minutes," Lee said.

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