CHARLESTON, W.Va.--A judge ordered a Charleston woman incarcerated Wednesday whose toddler son was found twice wandering alone in the busy Patrick Street area.
Freda Gilmore failed to appear for a hearing in court last week before Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey. Gilmore and her attorney, John Sullivan, hoped to update the judge at that hearing about her attempts to get drug treatment.
Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Drummond said a pre-trial diversion offer was made to Gilmore that, if successful, could have resulted in charges of felony child neglect being dismissed.
On Wednesday, Gilmore came to court but Sullivan said she didn't believe she needed help and was not in a treatment program.
Last May, Gilmore's two-year-old son was found wandering in the Patrick Street Plaza after he escaped the notice of a relative who was watching him. Gilmore, who did not have custody of the boy at the time, saw him on the news and picked him up.
But the next day she left him in the care of another relative when she was inebriated and the child left the home a second time. The boy is now in state custody and is the subject of an abuse and neglect case being handled by another circuit judge.
Drummond said prosecutors offered the drug treatment option for Gilmore before taking the case to a grand jury.