Authorities arrested two family members after a naked 2-year-old was found crawling into the middle of a North Little Rock street.
Ericia Fells, 32, and Lenon Smith, 56, were each charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and obstructing governmental operations. Preliminary court appearances are scheduled for Wednesday.
Two area residents first noticed the naked boy shortly before noon Tuesday in the alley between the 1700 blocks of Chandler and Allen streets, according to a North Little Rock Police Department report. And before they could reach him, the 2-year-old "crawled out into the middle of West 18th Street," police wrote.
The residents took the boy to the office of a nearby apartment complex, where police were called.
Investigators determined the boy had left from 1722 Chandler St. They went there and met Fells, who the report says initially told police she was the mother but was later determined to be the boy's aunt.
According to the report, Fells first told investigators she fell asleep with the boy on her chest but later said he had actually gone to play with his grandmother in another room. The grandmother had been asleep the whole time, police said.
"No one in the residence was aware the little boy was gone until we made contact with them," police wrote. "[Fells] admitted it was her primary responsibility to watch [the boy] and about 30 minutes had gone by without her being aware of her nephew's welfare."
Smith, described in the report as Fells' father, was arrested after he went outside and "became belligerent and defensive" while talking to officers, a separate report about his case said.
Smith told officers he had been watching the boy the whole time and that the toddler had been playing on the computer, "which we determined was not true," police wrote.
The 2-year-old was released to his grandmother.