East Alton, IL (KSDK) - A mother and father were charged after deputies found their two-year-old child wandering the streets near their East Alton home.
According to Captain T. Mike Dixon, spokesman for the Madison County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to the area of East Airline Drive and North 9th Street around 8:20 p.m. on Friday, October 12 after witnesses reported seeing a young child in the roadway.
Deputies found the child wearing only a soiled diaper and a shirt. The child pointed to a home on Fern Lane and said "Mommy," Dixon said. Deputies went to the home and made contact with the child's father, 28-year-old Nathan Woods, who told deputies that he didn't know the child was missing and assumed he was with the mother, 25-year-old Kristal Rushing.
Dixon said deputies found another child, a one-year-old, inside the residence. The interior of the home was in very poor condition and smelled of urine. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was contacted and is working to place the children into protective custody.
Nathan Woods was arrested on two counts of child endangerment and remains in custody at Madison County Jail on $300 bond.
While deputies were at the home, the sheriff's office received a report of an intoxicated driver, Dixon said. The caller said the suspected vehicle was in the area of Fern Lane in East Alton. Deputies at the home saw the suspected vehicle pull into the driveway of the residence.
The driver of that vehicle was identified as Kristal Rushing, Dixon said. Deputies suspected Rushing to be driving under the influence of alcohol and also found a small amount of cannabis and a cannabis pipe in her vehicle. Rushing was taken into custody and submitted to a blood test.
Kristal Rushing was unable to provide proof or insurance, allowing authorities to charge her with an enhanced felony count of DUI. Her driver's license was also suspended.
This is not the first time Rushing has run into similar trouble, Dixon said. The Madison County State's Attorney's Office previously charged Rushing with two counts of child endangerment and unlawful possession of cannabis on September 2, because authorities found the same two-year-old boy wandering the roadway near the same area.
Rushing's bond was set at $15,000 and she remains in custody at Madison Conuty Jail.