A woman is facing a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment after her child was found wandering Kansas City's streets Tuesday. Prosecutors said it was at least the fourth time this month.
Lindsay M. Seymour, 30, was ordered by a judge on Wednesday to have no contact with children. Her bond was set at $15,000.
A social worker had come to an apartment complex at 8235 Forest Ave. to investigate a different case of reported child abuse. She noticed the 2-year-old boy was about to step into the northbound lanes of Troost Avenue at President Avenue.
The social worker retrieved the child and called 911, according to court documents.
Police responded to the scene and discussed the situation with the apartment complex manager. The manager said this was the fourth time the boy had wandered away from his apartment, according to court documents.
"She further advised there was a log in the office documenting each incident," according to court records.
Detectives were brought to the scene to conduct a more thorough investigation.
The boy first was found wandering Sept. 5. The manager saw the boy standing alone next to his mother's vehicle, according to court records.
The boy told the manager that he was "going bye-bye." The manager took the boy to his home and told police the mother appeared to be waking up when she came to the door.
Coniah Norwood lives in the complex with her two young children.
"I feel like you should keep your kids safe out here because it is dangerous," she said.
Norwood said there is a lot of traffic in the area, including a bus stop. Norwood says she would never let her two children out of the apartment by themselves.
"I make sure they are always with me, always make sure they aren't in danger," she said.
A leasing consultant on Sept. 15 reported a tenant found Seymour's child in the middle of the street. The manager said Seymour was told if the boy was found wandering again that police would be contacted.
Seymour again looked to be asleep when her son was returned to her. Seymour told the leasing consultant that she had been working a lot of hours, and the leasing agent suggested she hire a babysitter, according to court documents.
The sitter suggested by the woman lives in the apartment complex and could watch the boy for a few hours each day while Seymour slept, according to court documents. The sitter was apparently not retained.
On Sept. 20, a painter discovered the child outside of his apartment and brought him to the apartment office. The manager called police.
The child was in the office for about 90 minutes and the mother did not come look for him the entire time, according to court documents. The woman learned her son was missing when officers went to her home.
The painter said the boy was wearing pajamas and was about to walk into Troost Avenue when he was able to grab him.
Seymour was cited for child endangerment on Sept. 20.
A maintenance worker installed a chain lock on Seymour's door the next day. The lock was at least 5 feet off the air, according to court documents.
When the boy was found wandering for a fourth time this week, Seymour told police that she had been in the bathroom and didn't realize the boy had gotten out of the apartment.
Seymour claimed that the chain lock was being used, but that her son had somehow managed to escape, according to court records. The door also had a bolt lock.
Police tested the chain lock and determined the gap was too small for a child to squeeze through and the lock was too high for the boy to reach.
After she was arrested again on Tuesday, she declined to give a statement to detectives other than to maintain she locked the door, according to court records.
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