Knoxville mother arrested after toddler found wandering alone along a busy road

Crittenden was charged with aggravated child abuse, neglect and endangerment.
Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 9:13 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Knoxville mother was charged with aggravated child abuse after her child, under the age of two, was found wandering alone near a busy street.

Knox County authorities responded to reports of a wandering child in the area of Old Colony Trail at Barbee Road around 9:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.

A witness told officials he was driving on Old Colony Trail when he noticed the barefoot child standing on the edge of the sidewalk facing the road unattended. The witness said he pulled over and put the child in the back of his truck and called 911.

Over an hour later, officers were able to locate the mother of the child, Bailey Crittenden, 23, at a nearby home. Crittenden said she was awoken by officers knocking on the door and did not know her child was gone.

Officers said, while talking with Crittenden, they could smell an odor of alcohol. Crittenden told officers she was out late the night before playing “drunk Jenga” while her fiancee was home with the child. Crittenden said she did not return home until 1 a.m.

The child’s father said when he left for work around 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, Crittenden and the child were both sleeping. Crittenden was arrested and the child was left with his father.

Crittenden was charged with aggravated child abuse, neglect, and endangerment.

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