A Springfield mother is facing a child endangering charge after a 2-year-old was found alone in an apartment parking lot in New Carlisle.
The mother of the child, Krysten Beckett, 28, of Springfield was charged Monday with endangering children in Clark County Municipal Court. The case was continued.
Clark County sheriff’s deputies began their investigation when they were called last week to the apartments at 200 Brubaker Drive because a child was found, an affidavit filed with the charge says.
“Upon arriving at the apartments I found several subjects with the child,” the affidavit says. “They advised they had changed the child’s diaper due to it being extremely full.”
While the 2-year-old was being checked out by medical personnel, a man told police he believed he knew who the mother of the child was and that the family was staying with him.
“At this time myself and (the man) went to the upstairs apartment and went in,” the report says. “We located Krysten who was asleep in a bedroom with a baby gate secured at the door.”
Beckett said she didn’t know how the child was able to get out of the room and that she had fallen asleep with her child.
“The room where Krysten and the child were sleeping in did have a baby gate secured in the door frame,” the affidavit says. “Krysten advised that he daughter must have climbed over it. She also advised that the child has a history of doing this and that she didn’t believe the apartment door was locked.”
Children Services was called to the scene and it was determined that the child would be allowed to stay with her family.
“At the time of the call the conditions in the area were rainy with gusts of wind at around 9 miles per hour and the temperature was 69 degrees,” the report says.
Beckett was advised that she would be charged in the incident, the affidavit says, for one count of endangering children.
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