A mother was arrested Monday after her 9-month-old son was found lying face down in a field near Bowman Branch creek in southeast Arlington.
The little boy had bug bites and a rash but was otherwise OK, police said.
Police said they received a call about 7:30 p.m. Sunday after a woman, who was acting drunk, walked into a neighbor’s unlocked home in the 800 block of Spring Miller Court with her 2-year-old son.
When police arrived, the woman tried to run with the child “and was clearly a danger to her children,” police said.
“It appeared the woman was intoxicated,” said Lt. Christopher Cook, an Arlington police spokesman. “When officers arrived, she tried to run over a wrought-iron fence with her 2-year-old child in her hand.”
Police said that the woman, Amanda Smith, was so intoxicated that they had difficulty communicating with her. She eventually told police that her 9-month-old son was his grandmother. But when the grandmother arrived at the scene she said the child wasn’t with her.
“She came clean and said she had left the child behind an automotive shop near Mansfield Webb Road and Spring Miller Court,” Cook said.
Police then started searching the field, covered with thick brush, near Bowman Branch about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
“They found the boy in an area thick with ground cover under a stroller,” Cook said. “He was hidden behind a dilapidated fence. He was only wearing a diaper and had bug bites and a rash. The child, miraculously, was OK.”
Arlington police arrested Smith on two counts of abandoning and endangering a child.
The children were released to relatives with Department of Family Services approval.
Arlington police officer Nikki Newton was shown on the Arlington Police Department’s Facebook page comforting the 2-year-old boy. She stayed with the child for several hours while police tried to determine what had happened to his little brother.