An Edmond mother and her boyfriend have been arrested on child neglect complaints after the woman's 8-year-old daughter was seen wandering a local neighborhood for an extended period of time.
Last week, neighbors called police after they saw the child wandering around the block for the second time that day. They told police that the girl was "disheveled, dirty, and basically begging for food" as she looked for children to play with.
Witnesses say it is not the first time they have seen the child wandering unattended for significant lengths of time. They told police that it has happened several times over the last seven months.
Investigators believe the child had been alone since the previous night.
Police spent the next several hours trying to get in touch with the girl's mother, identified as Kimberly Erin Trudeau, 28. Eventually, a neighbor went to the child's home with her to wait for an adult to return.
Finally, Trudeau's boyfriend, Abdulelah Babhair, 23, showed up at the home. Babhair does not live at the home with Trudeau and the child, but at an apartment complex in a different part of Edmond.
When police finally located Trudeau and interviewed both Trudeau and Babhair, they say the couple's stories did not match up. Police arrested both on complaints of child neglect, and Trudeau faces an additional charge of obstruction.
The girl's mother is currently on probation after receiving a deferred sentence for DUI and meth possession. Under the terms of her probation, which is set to expire in September 2019, she must undergo monthly urinalysis testing for one year.
One condition of probation is that the person not break any laws while on probation. The woman's arrest could lead prosecutors to file a motion to accelerate sentencing. If a judge accelerates sentencing for violating probation, the woman could be convicted of DUI and meth possession and face up to the maximum penalties for each crime--up to one year for DUI and two to ten years in prison for possession of methamphetamine.
The maximum penalty for child neglect is life in prison.