A Harlan man is facing a charge of endangering a child after his 2-year-old was allegedly found outside without supervision.
Joshua Akeman, 25, was arrested by Harlan City Police Officer Derrick Noe on Tuesday.
According to Noe, Mingkwahn Saylor and her husband Joe Mitchell, who are both legally blind, called to report the child was outside alone at Holly Point Apartments.
“We got a call from apartment 60 stating they had found a child that was about a year old — it turned out the child was 2 — who was outside crying and had been out there for about 20 minutes,” Noe said. “They went out to check on him and realized that nobody was watching him.”
Noe explained Saylor brought the child inside out of the heat.
“They went ahead and took him in their apartment where it was cool and got him some water, changed his diaper and gave him something to eat, then they contacted police,” Noe said.
Noe said when he arrived the child was content.
“I called for social services and then canvassed the area,” Noe said. “I finally found a lady who said she knew who the child was.”
Noe said the woman took him to an apartment he had attempted to get a response from earlier, but nobody had answered the door.
“She went in and woke Akeman up,” Noe said.
Noe added it took about 45 minutes to locate the child’s father.
“The child did not need medical attention, but if he’d have stayed out much longer he may have,” Noe said.
According to Noe, Akeman did not lock the door and was asleep when the child left the apartment. Akeman was not intoxicated. The child’s mother was at work when the incident occurred.
“If you’ve got small kids, keep an eye on them,” Noe said. “They can get away from you fast.”
Akeman was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 full cash bond.
Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde.