CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston woman is facing criminal charges after her 2-year-old son was found wandering alone in the Capitol City Saturday for the second time in as many days.

Charleston police

Freda Gilmore, 20, of Charleston, was charged with felony child neglect.

Freda Gilmore, 20, was charged with felony child neglect.

She allegedly told Charleston police she had been drinking and passed out Saturday morning after asking another man to keep an eye on the child.

When that man fell asleep, the boy left the home and was spotted by a neighbor, who called police.

Reports indicate Gilmore did not have legal custody of the boy. She had picked him up on Friday after a separate wandering incident in which the boy had been found out alone at the Patrick Street Plaza.

He reportedly had wandered away Friday when his uncle fell asleep. The uncle had been watching him because the boy’s grandmother, who had custody, was in the hospital.

No charges were filed against the uncle because Charleston police said he was sober at the time and they believed the Friday incident was an accident.

The toddler is now in the custody of Child Protective Services.

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  • Missgrant

    So sad.. Cant belive it happened I watched that baby when he was born and she used to be my best friend..

  • wvtd

    kids having kids and lives destroyed for a welfare check. very sad. make them earn every penny.

  • Good Doctor

    Black or white, this happens way too some point, people need to realize the child did not ask to be born, so YOU have the responsibility to care for them

  • BigDave

    Your tax dollars at work.

  • RLS

    If mawmaw has custody why was kid with mom? Grandmother should be charged too. There is a reason mom lost custody. Or this could be another welfare scam. As I am sure mawmaw gets some type of check for kid. This is happening all over WV. Grand parents adopt and collect.

    • lee arthur


    • Valerie Hall

      The grandmother is in the hospital why should she be charged?????

  • zero tolerance

    Waiting patiently for the "DON'T JUDGE ME!" response from mom or friend of mom..................Happy Mother's Day to those who have had a true interest in the welfare of their children!

  • Grant

    This is just sad. The grandmother has custody, and the uncle was watching him. Where is the sperm and egg donors?