Niagara Gazette

July 13, 2013

Mother charged in Cambria after child crawls onto Upper Mountain Road

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

An Upper Mountain Road woman was charged with child endangerment Thursday afternoon after her unattended child was found crawling onto the roadway in front of her home.

A woman driving with her husband spotted the child, age not provided by police, on the roadway and alerted her husband, who narrowly avoided hitting the child, they told deputies. They pulled over and moved the child to safety.

When deputies arrived, they walked to 5158 Upper Mountain Road, where they saw Jacqueline N. Morris, 23, walk out of the home in just a bath towel.

While she told them she was missing a child, the deputy noted she didn't appear upset or worried. An older child told sheriff's officials he'd opened the door and let the smaller child out while their mother was in the shower.

Once dressed, Morris was informed of what had just happened on the roadway and was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Deputies said Child Protective Services were also notified of the incident.