ANDERSON TWP, Ohio - A pregnant mother with three young children was arrested and charged with child endangerment after her 2-year-old daughter was found wandering in the street outside their home Saturday.
On Monday, 27-year-old Angela Haynie appeared before a Hamilton County judge and entered the plea of not guilty to the misdemeanor charge.
According to court documents, Haynie placed her daughter in her crib after she fell asleep. She then left her home on Hilltree Drive in Anderson Township.
Deputies say she left without telling her grandmother who was in her bedroom with the door closed.
The girl woke up, exited the front door walking north on Hilltree Drive, crossing two streets before an off-duty officer spotted the child and brought her back home, according to court documents.
Haynie's attorney says she told her grandmother she was going to the store to get diapers but it was earlier in the day.
"When she left, she made sure her daughter was sound asleep, secure in her crib with her grandmother home. She was gone for less than a half hour," said Andrew Schoenling, Haynie's attorney. "Through some unfortunate circumstances, her daughter was able to escape the crib and exit the residence."
Schoenling's request that Haynie be released on her own recognizance because she has three children under the age of 5 and she is pregnant with her fourth child was granted. One of her children also has a birthday on Tuesday.
Hamilton County Job and Family Services began an active file with Haynie after the same child was discovered wandering down a street in July.
The children are back with Haynie's grandmother, however, Haynie is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with her children, according to a spokesperson with Job and Family Services.
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