Jackson County prosecutors accused a woman of child endangerment after her 2-year-old son was found wandering alone, preparing to step onto Troost Avenue, Tuesday morning.
Prosecutors filed the misdemeanor charge against Lindsay M. Seymour, 26, today, noting in court records that this was the fourth time this month that the boy had been found wandering alone outside. Police cited Seymour with a city violation of child endangerment last week.
Court records gave this account:
A Missouri Children’s Division worker who was visiting another family at the Colonial Point apartments at President Avenue and Troost stopped the boy from walking into the street about 8:35 a.m. Tuesday. She called 911. An apartment manager told police she had documented three previous times the boy had apparently gotten out of the house without his mother’s knowledge.
On Sept. 5, the manager found the boy standing in the parking lot next to his mother’s car. He told the manager he was going to go “bye-bye.” When the manager saw no sign of his mother, the manager returned the boy to his apartment and noted that Seymour appeared to have been sleeping. On Sept. 15, a leasing agent found the boy standing in the street, and on Sept. 20, a painter working for the complex prevented the boy from running into Troost.
After that incident, apartment officials called police and kept the boy in the office for 90 minutes. Seymour did not come looking for the boy. The next day, apartment maintenance workers installed a chain-lock on Seymour’s door.
Seymour told police the chain lock was fastened Tuesday when the Children’s Division worker found the boy wandering outside, so she did not know how the boy got out of the home.