Crime

Lexington child, 5, wanders off repeatedly; mom is charged

A Lexington mother was arrested Tuesday for the second time in four days after her 5-year-old daughter was found wandering alone near Man o' War Boulevard.

Amy Victoria Wilson, 42, of High Ridge Drive, faces two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, court records show.

On Saturday, Wilson's 5-year-old daughter was found walking in the rain without a shirt or shoes at the corner of Custer Drive and Pimlico Parkway. On Tuesday, the same girl was found in the same area, again by herself, without shoes.

Court documents said this is the fourth time within a month that the girl has been found alone in the area.

Wilson said Wednesday that she normally keeps a close eye on her daughter, but that several times recently the girl has gotten out through windows when Wilson isn't looking.

"She's very strong-willed, and she has no fear of anything," Wilson said. "I don't know how to describe it."

Wilson said she and family members have been talking to the girl about the dangers of wandering off. She wept as she talked about the situation, saying she didn't know what was causing her daughter to try to run away.

Wilson said she was cleaning up after dinner Tuesday when she realized she couldn't hear her daughter in the house.

"You know, when a kid's quiet, you think something is going on," she said.

She went downstairs and noticed a screen had been pushed out of a basement window. Her daughter was just around the corner, she said. Police were on the scene when Wilson arrived.

The intersection of Custer Drive and Pimlico Parkway, where the girl was found Saturday, is nearly a quarter of a mile from her home.

Wilson disputed news reports that she had been drinking when her daughter wandered off Tuesday. Officers noticed a "strong odor of alcohol" on Wilson when she arrived to pick up her daughter, according to court records, but Wilson was not charged with any alcohol-related offenses.

"They did a sobriety test, and I passed," she said.

Wilson pleaded not guilty to one count of endangering the welfare of a minor Wednesday. She will be arraigned on another charge May 12.

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