Child Neglect

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

A Waynesboro woman has been charged with felony child neglect after a child in her care was found wondering the streets.

A three-year-old boy was found walking alone at about 4 a.m. Saturday morning near the 7-Eleven on Ivy Street in Waynesboro.

Police later received a call from a woman at Mountain View Apartments about a missing child.
After talking to 40-year-old Lydia Leyja, police arrested her. Leyja told TV-3 she checked on the boy at 4:30 a.m. and he was fine.

"I looked at the clock beside me and I seen the child on the floor," said Leyja, "that is where I left him with a blanket."

Leyja says the boy was able to get out of the back door despite having a chair up against it.

If convicted, Leyja could face up to five years in jail and a $2,500 fine.

The child is in the care of the Waynesboro Department of Social Services.

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