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Mother charged after toddler found wandering

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Charleston woman has been charged with felony child neglect after her 2-year-old son was found wandering outside alone for the second time in as many days.

Police didn't file charges after the first incident Friday, when the toddler wandered off after his uncle fell asleep. The Saturday Gazette-Mail reports that the child was living with his grandmother, who asked the uncle to babysit while she was in the hospital.

The boy's mother, 20-year-old Freda A. Gilmore, picked him up after seeing him on the news Friday night. Police say she told them she drank two 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor and asked a man to watch her son. Both adults fell asleep, and the child unlocked the door and walked out.

Child Protective Services took custody of the boy.

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