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Mother charged after police find child wandering alone in Rome street

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - A 23 year-old Rome woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after Rome Police say her 2 year-old son was found walking alone on a city street.

At roughly 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 15, Rome Police responded to the 100 block of Fort Stanwix Ave for a report of an unattended child walking in the roadway.

When they arrived on scene, officers said they located a 2 year-old male, wearing only shorts and a shirt, wandering alone in the roadway. Rome Fire Rescue and Amcare ambulance responded to the scene to evaluate the child and he was transported to Rome Hospital for further medical evaluation.

Approximately 30 minutes later, the child's mother identified as Kayla A. Willis, 23, a resident of the 500 block of North Washington Street in Rome, where she was located. Police said that Willis had left the child at home while she went to a local store and the child walked out of the residence while alone.

Willis was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and is being held in Rome Police lockup pending arraignment in city court. The child, who did not suffer any serious injuries, has been released to other family members.

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