HAMILTON, Ohio -- A Hamilton woman arrested after police found her 3-year-old child wandering the streets in freezing cold weather appeared in a Butler County courtroom Tuesday.
Amanda Jacobs, 24, entered a not guilty plea Tuesday on child endangerment charges.
The judge released her on her own recognizance as long as she meets with Children Services to devise a parenting plan. She is allowed supervised visits with her son in the meantime.
The boy was found Sunday at 4:40 a.m. near their home on Chestnut Street wearing only a T-shirt and jeans, according to Hamilton Police Sgt. Mark Thomas.
Journal-News reported that it was 19 degrees outside when the boy was found.
WCPO reporter Jay Warren learned Monday that a woman of the same housing complex found the distraught boy, and took him into the apartment to warm up. She then called 911 while he cried and asked for his mom.
Officers went to Jacobs home, searching for the mother.
“Officers knocked on the door but nobody answered,” Thomas said. “The child’s mother, Amanda Jacobs, finally showed up. She claimed that she was at a friend’s residence and had only been gone about 10 minutes.”
No one else was at home at the residence, he said.
The child is staying with his father.
Jacobs is due back in court on December 9.
Authorities ordered the parents of the 18-month-girl to turn themselves in. Soon after, they were charged with five counts of child endangerment .