Mother of little girl found wandering the streets released from jail

A mother is facing charges, neighbors who live nearby are outraged, and a toddler is in protective custody. It's all because one little girl was found wandering the streets of Rock Hill dirty, naked and all alone. 

The mother of this toddler, Jennifer MicGinnis, 30, was arrested and booked at the Rock Hill Police Department. She was released over the weekend after paying her bond. 

A neighbor found the little girl wandering the streets but it's still unclear to neighbors how no one noticed the child was gone. 

It was at the intersection of South Jones and Walnut Street where police said a toddler was found Friday morning roaming all alone. She was found without any clothes, calling out for her mother. 

"Real sad that something like that could happen. You actually allow your kid to wander out of the house while you were in the house or wasn't in the house, I don't know," Lynnita Valladorid, who found the child, said. 

"It's carelessness on her part. To have a child wandering out here like that."

Valladorid heard the child from inside her house. She grabbed the toddler, gave her a bath, and called 911. 

"She was a sweet little girl. Sweet little blonde curls. She just embraced me and my daughter. She was very pleasant," she said. 

A short time later, police arrived on scene and began the search for the  mother. That's when they zeroed in on a home, where police said the door was wide open and no one was inside. 

Officers later found out MicGinnis was staying at the home and was the mother of the toddler. FOX 46 Charlotte went to the home Tuesday, but no one answered. 

The woman who found the child doesn't place blame on MicGinnis. 

"Children can get out. Mine did. Children can climb, they can unlock doors, you know. It happens," she said. 

What's more troubling to Valladorid is that this all happened near a busy intersection around 9:30 a.m. Friday, and no one else stopped to help the toddler. 

"We have to keep an eye out for each other that's what you do as a neighbor as someone who cares about each other and about each others children," she explained. 

According to police, the child was taken to a local hospital to get checked out, and then was placed in protective custody. 

As for how or why the child got out of the home, police said that's still under investigation. 

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