PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - A Pensacola woman was arrested after leaving her three young children at home alone.
A Pensacola mother is in the Escambia County Jail after deputies said she left her three children at home alone Wednesday night. Authorities said they were alerted by neighbors who found her 2-year-old child wandering down the street around midnight.
Katoria Peterson and Michael Jones live on Prichard Avenue on Pensacola's north side. The two had been out for a night on the town and it was around midnight when they pulled into their neighborhood.
"I was eating, so when I looked up I saw a diaper and little feet just run across the road," recalled Peterson. "It was like something out of a movie scene."
The couple had just turned off of busy Johnson Avenue onto Stockdale when they said they were shocked to see the young child run across the street.
"It was raining. He was shivering," said Peterson. "He didn't have on any clothes, no shoes; just a diaper and his shirt."
The couple picked the 2-year-old up and took the child to their house and called for help. Paramedics arrived first and started caring for the child. Meanwhile, Jones said he went in search of the child's home. Jones found an apartment on Stockdale with the door open. By then sheriff's deputies had arrived and entered the home.
"I got back in my car, took the officers around there," Jones said. "They went in there and searched the house. Come to find out, there was two more kids inside the house."
Investigators said the other two children were ages 4 and 6 and were unattended. Deputies waited at the house and arrested the children's mother Amanda Lynette Wiggins when she returned home about an hour later.
According to reports, Wiggins told deputies that she had left a baby sitter in charge, but they said her story could not be verified. Jones said he has mixed emotions about the whole ordeal.
"It was a good feeling, but it was a scary feeling to see a kid that age at 12 o'clock in the morning running up the street, barefooted and in the rain," remarked Jones.
Amanda Wiggins has been charged with three counts of child endangerment and is being held in the Escambia County Jail on no bond. The children have been turned over to the Department of Children and Families.
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