• JSO: Two arrested after Jacksonville toddler left wandering the streets

    By: Danae Leake , Action News Jax


    A young man and a teenager have been arrested after officers found a toddler wandering the streets, Jacksonville police said Sunday.

    The juvenile and Julian Stephens, 20, were playing video games for several hours while watching the toddler, police reported. 

    The 17-year-old did not realized the child was not playing or making noise, and started looking for him. Police said the teen noticed the front door open and believed the child had walked out.

    The teen, Stephens and others went to a convenience store. After hearing patrons talk about an unidentified child, Stephens checked on Facebook and contacted a relative.

    Police said the relative contacted police.

    The teen and Stephen were the toddler's caregivers while the child's relative left him in their custody, police said.

    Officials said after the pair realized the child was missing, they made no attempt to locate the victim, call police or notify anyone for assistance.

    Police said the toddler have been with police since 6:15 p.m. and was identified at 10:35 p.m.

    The teen and Stephens face charges of child neglect and child abuse. 

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