by Emily Waldrep
A Fred mother was arrested February 20 in Fred after her two children, ages 2 and 4, left her home and wandered across a major highway alone.
Deputies were dispatched to CR 4644 in Fred after a call was received reporting two children were missing. While en route, the deputy was advised that the children had been found at the Fred Grocery Store. The children's mother was identified as Summer Dawn McCoy, age 21, of Fred.
McCoy reported that she had been sleeping and that when she woke up the door to the house was open and the kids were gone. The children said they left the home to go play near a church down the road. The mother said it was not the first time the children had left the house in a similar fashion.
"The kids would have had to walk down two county roads and then cross Highway 92 to get to where they were," said Chief Deputy Phil Ryan.
Highway 92 is a dangerous, major highway for anyone to be crossing and is much more dangerous and even deadly for young children to be crossing unattended.
McCoy was placed under arrest for Endangering a Child and the children were turned over the custody of their grandmother.
CPS was also notified, and there will be a follow up investigation.
Law Enforcement officials say "thanks" to a witness of the event who stopped the children from crossing Highway 92 a second time and was able to pick them up and take them to Fred Grocery, avoiding a possible disaster.