Thursday, June 2, 2022 - A Roland woman was charged May 25 with felony child neglect, court records show.
Christina Arnold, 36, could face up to life in prison if she is convicted.
On May 17, a Roland police officer received a call from a woman who told him she had found a crying toddler wearing only a diaper walking down Loop West.
When the officer arrived at the intersection of Loop West and Woodland Hills Boulevard, he saw the toddler and asked her to show him where she lived. The child was unable to locate her home, so the officer took her to the Police Department.
The area where the child was found was nea rone of the busiest residential areas in Roland. She was about 2,000 feet from U.S. Highway 64, according to the police report.
In a statement, the woman who reported seeing the child said she was leaving her house when she noticed the girl running down the road. The girl told the woman she was chasing her grandmother. The woman stated that there was a white sport-utility vehicle turning at the corner when she picked up the girl.
Because the toddler was found without any adults watching her, the officer called the Department of Human Services to make a report.
After unsuccessfully searching for the girl’s home for two hours, the police called in the Roland Fire Department to assist in the search and they began going door-to-door in the Woodland Hills neighborhood.
The mystery was finally solved when a woman called to report that the child was her neighbor in Roland.
The officer went to the address and found the front door partially open. No one responded to knocks at the door. After making sure no one was in the home, the officer spotted a note in the doorway of the residence.
The officer exited the home and found three pool installation employees working on a pool. One employee said the white SUV had been parked in the home’s driveway at 2 p.m., but when he returned at 4 p.m., the SUV was gone.
The owner of the home told police the girl was his granddaughter and that Christina Arnold had reappeared at the home three hours after the initial call to police.
The woman was arrested and taken to the Roland Police Department. Her children are in DHS custody.
Andrea Adams, Staff Writer
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