A mother was charged with wanton endangerment after her 41/2-year-old girl was found walking outside unattended for the third time in seven months, Richmond police said Friday.
Rebecca Pattison, 24, was arrested Thursday after the girl was found wandering outside an apartment complex in the 600 block of Big Hill Avenue, police said in a news release.
At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, officers were summoned to the apartment complex where they met a member of the management staff who had found the girl outside the property.
Officers later found Pattison asleep in an apartment, and she did not know the child's whereabouts, police said.
The same child was found wandering unattended two other times, police said. The first incident happened on Oct. 2 when the girl was found wandering in a field on Foxhaven Drive. No charges were filed at that time.
Then, on Oct. 23, the girl walked into a stranger's apartment on Foxhaven Drive. At that time, Pattison was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and state social workers were notified.
In this latest incident, Pattison was taken to the Madison County Detention Center. Social workers were again contacted, and arrangements were made for the girl's safekeeping.