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2-year-old found in neighbor’s yard alone in Springfield

A Springfield woman was arrested on Saturday after a 2-year-old was found alone, crying and shaking in a neighbor’s yard, according to police.

Stacie Madwell, 31, was arrested on a count of child endangering, according to a Springfield Police Division police report. An arraignment hearing has not taken place yet for her case and she was listed as an inmate in the Clark County Jail Monday morning.

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Springfield police began their investigation when they were called to a home on the 1500 block of Clifton Avenue on Saturday at around 3:30 p.m. A couple said their child found the 2-year-old in their backyard and they didn’t know who the wondering toddler belonged to, according to the affidavit.

The 2-year-old was crying and was not able to communicate with officers, the report says, so officers began knocking on doors trying to locate his parents.

“After checking three houses, (An officer) came to 277 Catherine St. where he knocked on the door and located a female, later identified as Stacie Madwell,” the report says. ” (The officer) asked Madwell if she had a 2-year-old child living here, to which Madwell stated that she did. (The officer) then asked if the 2-year-old child was home, to which Madwell stated that he should be. (The officer) then showed Madwell a picture of the missing 2-year-old and Madwell immediately became frantic and followed (the officer) to where the child victim was.”

Madwell reconnected with the child but officers decided to do a welfare check on the home too, according to police. The police report says police found that four children live in the house.

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“(The officer) then looked around the house and noticed an oven that was on and open, as if it was heating the house,” the report says.

The officer continued to check the residence and found what appeared to be dog feces near the sleeping space of a 15-year-old, the report says.

“(The officer) then arrested Stacie Madwell for child endangering and two outstanding warrants through Champaign County on unrelated charges,” the report says.

The children were left with a family friend, the report says.

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