A woman from Grand Forks, North Dakota, is facing felony charges after she allegedly drove down the interstate and abandoned her 4-year-old daughter on the side of the road.
On the afternoon of October 3, a 37-year-old mother of two put her children in her vehicle and drove onto I-29. She got to a section where the side of the road was lined with tall grass, and she reportedly pulled the car over.
The woman, who was reportedly upset because her living situation was precarious, allegedly told her 4-year-old daughter to get out of the car. She reportedly instructed the youngster to stay in the grassy area and away from traffic. According to reports, she pulled away with her other child in the car and left the girl behind.
Around 3:30 p.m., someone called the Walsh County Police Department and reported that they saw the youngster walking down the side of the interstate. The caller, who stopped when they saw the girl, reported that she said her mom left her.
The authorities went to the location, and when they tried to speak to the child about the situation, her age prevented her from giving them enough details to help them locate her family.
The youngster was taken to the police station, and one of her family members called on behalf of the child’s mother. She reportedly told them that the woman made a mistake by leaving the girl.
When the police found the mother, she was arrested and booked into the Bottineau County Jail. She may face charges for one felony count of abandonment of a child, one felony count of neglect of a child, and one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment. She was ordered to have a psychological evaluation, in addition to working with a professional to help her with addiction.
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