Police: Abandoned special needs child found by neighbor in good health
The apartments where the girl was found.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Metro Police have identified and located a mother whose daughter was left home alone for several days.
Detectives haven't filed charges against the woman because the investigation is ongoing, according to Alicia Smiley with the LMPD Public Information Office.
The six-year-old girl, who has Down Syndrome, is in good health after being evaluated at Kosair Children's Hospital. An alert neighbor found the child Wednesday morning and notified authorities.
"I saw the door partially open so I yelled inside until the child responded," said Anna Johnson. "She was so excited when I walked in the door and she gave me a big hug, but she was trying to eat packaged string cheese."
The abandoned child was hungry and covered in feces so Johnson said she brought the girl into her apartment and gave her food.
"It was pretty bad," Johnson said." I took her upstairs, gave her some yogurt and called 911. I don't know how she survived. I really don't."
The child's mother told Johnson she was at a Greyhound station a week before Johnson found the child.
"I didn't know whether she left and came back or what," said Johnson, "I had no clue she just left her child home alone for a week."
WAVE 3 News is not identifying the mother because she hasn't been charged. We'll keep you updated about the outcome of this case when the investigation is complete.