CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A woman whose toddler was found wandering in the Patrick Street area twice failed to show up for a court hearing Wednesday and a judge has ordered her arrested.
Freda Gilmore, 20, was facing a felony charge of child neglect creating risk of injury after the child was found outside alone two days in a row in May. But prosecutors agreed to a pre-trial diversion plan before she was indicted by a grand jury.
That plan included supervision by the adult probation department and treatment for addiction. Wednesday's hearing, scheduled by Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey, was for the judge to get an update on how Gilmore was doing in that plan.
Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Drummond said that if successful, charges against her could be dismissed.
The two-year-old child was removed from Gilmore's custody prior to the May incident and that issue is before another circuit judge.
He was in the care of a relative at the time he walked away from home. After he was found wandering alone in the Patrick Street Plaza, Gilmore picked him up when she saw his picture on television.But the next day, the child left the house again as Gilmore and another family member slept and left him unattended.