• Toddlers found wandering in Columbia County


    LAKE CITY, Fla. - Three family members are facing child neglect charges after two young children were found wandering in the streets all by themselves.

    A homeowner found the children, ages 2 and 1, walking near the intersection of Pilots Way and Mayfair Lane around 8:30 a.m. Monday.

    The man took the kids to his house and talked to neighbors to help find their parents before calling 911.

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    Deputies went door to door.  Two hours later, volunteers found the children's home on Pilots Way, about 300 yards from where they were found.

    Investigators with the Department of Children & Families learned the toddlers left the home while four adults inside the home were sleeping.

    Authorities arrested the children's mother, 21-year-old RIkki Allagood, the father, 19-year-old John Newhart, and their grandmother, 38-year-old Victoria Swezey.

    Allgood and Swezey face additional charges for giving false statements to investigators.

    The three are being held at the Columbia County Detention Facility without bond.

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