When the Saint Johnsbury Police Department began to receive phone calls on Saturday afternoon reporting a small child walking alone along a busy road, they raced to the scene to rescue the two-year-old toddler. Naturally, the initial presumption was that the child had somehow wandered away from its parents. Witnesses report that the child did not seem stressed, and even waived happily at a few cars as they passed by.
“When we got on the scene, the child was sitting by the side of the road picking flowers,” an officer reports. “One of the people who called the police station pulled over and sat with him until we arrived to make sure he didn’t run out in the road. When I asked him where his parents were, he didn’t have an answer. He just shrugged and went back to playing.”
Fifteen minutes before the child was taken into protective custody, EMT’s were dispatched to an apartment on Main Street after receiving an anonymous call regarding to unresponsive people.
Upon their arrival, the EMT’s were able to quickly assess that the young male and female present in the apartment were in the midst of a serious drug overdose. Both were immediately taken via ambulance to the local emergency room where they were eventually stabilized.
A few hours later, authorities had made the connection between the unsupervised child and the couple that had been taken to the hospital. After doing some research and connecting with the child’s grandmother, police were able to determine that the two-year-old was indeed the couple’s oldest son. It is presumed that he left the house by himself shortly after his parents overdosed.
By the next morning, authorities had made the connection between the unsupervised child and the couple that had been admitted to the hospital the night before.
After doing some research, police were able to determine that the two-year-old toddler who was blissfully strolling down a busy street by himself was indeed the couple’s son. It is presumed that the child left the house by himself shortly after his parents overdosed.
Justin Turner (22) and Elizabeth Fiske (20) were released from the hospital and immediately charged with child endangerment as well as possession of illegal narcotics. The Department of Children and Families is overseeing the case, though the child is currently in his grandmother’s custody.