Hudson Valley Mom Charged After Toddler Found Walking on Street
A local mother was charged after her 2-year-old was found walking alone barefoot in the street.
On Thursday around 11:30 a.m., a woman called 911 and reported that a toddler was seen alone walking without shoes along Lake Drive in the Lake Peekskill section of Putnam Valley.
The woman then stayed with the 2-year-old boy until police arrived on the scene.
Arriving officers called Child Protective Services after they couldn’t identify the boy or figure out where he lived.
Around 1:15 p.m., the mother of the boy was found. Cristina Andrulis, 36, told police she put the child down for a nap around 10:30 a.m. and then also went to sleep. When she woke up, she realized her child was gone and went out looking for him.
After investigating the incident further, authorities determined that Andrulis acted in a manner that endangered the physical safety of the child, police say. More information wasn’t provided by authorities.
As a result, she was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.
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