LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A woman reported her child missing after police say the toddler was picked up by late watch officers outside an apartment building about 12 hours before she called.
Emilie Magaya, 27, called police around 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, to report her 18-month-old had disappeared around noon that day from her apartment on Southside Drive near Woodlawn Avenue.
According to a police report, Magaya told officers she went to the bathroom and when she came out her child was gone. She also said no one else was in the apartment at the time so she had no idea where her child went.
Investigation revealed the toddler in question was picked up by late watch officers outside the apartment building at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning—12 hours before Magaya called police. Those officers said they attempted to find someone inside the residence to claim the child, but no one responded despite the door being open.
The late watch officers took the child to the Home of the Innocents and an Emergency Care Order was granted by a judge.
Magaya identified the toddler as her child. Police said she left her toddler next to a street, putting the child in substantial danger of death or serious physical injury.
She has been charged with first degree wanton endangerment.