(Town of Salina, New York) Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that a Liverpool woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after her grandson she was caring for was found walking down the center of Electronics Parkway Saturday morning. Around 6:50 a.m., a motorist traveling on Electronics Parkway between Seventh North and Old Liverpool Road, noticed a toddler in pajamas wondering down the center of the road.
The motorist quickly stopped and removed the child to safety before calling 911. Responding deputies conducted a canvas of the area for the toddler’s residence and eventually located the child’s grandmother at 350 Electronics Parkway. The grandmother, Ella M. Smith (56) was awoken by deputies and taken into custody. Smith was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and released on an appearance ticket. She is scheduled to appear before Judge A. Piraino in the Town of Salina Court on October 2nd.
Town of Clay, New York
- At approximately 9:22 a.m., a similar incident occurred on Allen Road in the Town of Clay. A passing motorist observed a young child in diapers running southbound on Allen Road. The child was returned to his residence at 1212 Allen Road where deputies located the child’s father sleeping. Gregory L. Duncan (39) of 1212 Allen Road was unaware that his child had left the residence.
During the investigation, deputies discovered the interior of the home to be filthy and in unhealthy living conditions. The child’s mother, Michelle L. Duncan (31), and father, Gregory Duncan, were both charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Both Duncan’s were issued appearance tickets and are scheduled to appear in the Town of Clay Court before Judge B. Lauri on October 8th. Both incidents were also reported to Onondaga County Child Protective Services, which plan to conduct a home assessment. Endangering the welfare of a child is a class A Misdemeanor.