Department of Children’s Services employees were expected to investigate the care of a 3-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl walking alone Tuesday on the street in southern Rutherford County, a sheriff’s deputy reported.
A witness cared for the children while Deputy Will Pinson searched for the their home about 10:30 a.m. on Applewood Lane off Rucker Road. A woman, who identified herself as the boy’s mother and the girl’s grandmother, returned home and claimed the children who were supposed to be cared for by an 18-year-old who was sleeping.
Pinson called DCS after learning the children were not watched, observing the condition of the home and finding the toddlers did not have their own beds.
Inside the home, Pinson found four marijuana pipes in plain sight, a folding knife with an exposed blade and an open pill bottle with the narcotic drug Oxycodone in the 18-year-old’s room where the children sometimes sleep.
“Neither one had their own bed,” Pinson reported.
The 18-year-old’s mother told Pinson “that she remained willfully ignorant of the state and content” of her son’s room.
Her son told Pinson the pipes were used to smoke marijuana.
No charges have been placed. Deputy Steve Brown is investigating.