Boy found roaming Chicago streets alone; Mother charged

A mother of a 3-year-old boy found wandering the streets of Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood alone was charged Tuesday.

She is charged with misdemeanor child endangerment.

Amanda Martin found the child wandering in the bitter cold just before midnight last night.  The temperature overnight was in the teens.  She went to hold his hand and she said it was like ice.  He was fully dressed with an open coat and hat, jeans and sneakers, but his mother was nowhere to be found.  Martin says he wasn’t crying and didn’t seem scared. She couldn’t understand his real name only his nickname “The Big Boss.”   He didn’t know exactly where he lived.

Martin called 911. Chicago police came quickly.

Martin is grateful she’s the one who found the boy.

As for his mother, she spent the morning at the 7th District being questioned by detectives before being charged.  Apparently a friend saw her son’s picture on TV this morning and let her know he wasn’t home.

The boy is now in DCFS custody.

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