Edmonton Police Officers lay charges in case of child neglect

Edmonton, Alberta – Edmonton Police Service Southeast Division officers have laid charges after a 4-year-old boy was found wandering the streets alone yesterday afternoon.

A citizen called police after finding the child walking alone in the area of Knottwood Road East and 13 Avenue between 3 and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017.

The EPS sent out a media advisory on the evening of Aug. 24 asking for the public’s help in identifying the child and his parents or caregivers, while the little boy remained in the care of the Northern Alberta Crisis Intervention Services Unit (NACIS) and the EPS Child at Risk Response Team (CARRT).

A family member and a friend called police when they saw the information in the media early this Friday morning (Aug. 25). Officers attended the child’s home, which is located in Southeast Division, and located his parents. Three other children – ages 11 months, 7 years, 12 years and 15 years – were residing in the house.

The parents, a 43-year-old male and a 33-year-old female, are each charged with cause child to be in need of intervention (x5) under the Criminal Code and cause child to be drug endangered (x1) under the Drug Endangered Child Act (DECA).

The names of the adults cannot be released to protect the identity of the children.

Officers continue to investigate and Alberta Child and Family Services are involved.

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