FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Authorities discovered an Atlanta-area toddler locked in a home without food or water after they arrested his mother on suspicion of drunk driving after a night of partying.
WSBTV reports 21-year-old Stephanie Davis was charged with child endangerment and reckless conduct in addition to possible drunk driving charges after her 2-year-old son was found abandoned in her home.
According to a police report obtained by WSBTV, Davis was pulled over the morning of June 22 for speeding. When police approached the vehicle, they detected a strong odor of alcohol. Davis admitted she had been drinking at a local sports bar, and had a blood alcohol level of 0.18.
Davis later called her mother from jail and told her her son was being watched at her home. Her mother then called the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office and asked them to check on the child.
Authorities forced their way into the home after hearing the child crying from outside.
"The child was dressed in a dirty white T-shirt," Forsyth Sheriff Ted Paxton said in a press release obtained by WSBTV. "He had removed his diaper himself and it was on the floor, filled to overflowing with feces. The child had feces on his hands, feet and legs."
The child is now in the custody of local child welfare authorities.