Home Alone: Police Say 6-Year-Old Boy Left To Fend For Himself
The child's mother, whom police could not reach by cell phone for two hours, was charged with leaving her frightened son alone.
Neighbors who saw a small, crying boy wandering into and out of a Madison Street apartment building called the law and led the cops to collaring the kid's mom on a charge of endangering the life or health of a child, Joliet police said.
Grace Lucio, 27, of 206 Madison St., was taken into custody after officers finally got a hold of her by phone and convinced her to come down to the police station.
The neighbors first alerted the police about noon Tuesday and told them about the distressed child. Officers arrived and knocked on the door of an apartment neighbors saw the boy enter. The officers reportedly found the child alone inside.
The boy had celebrated his sixth birthday just two days prior. The police said they located a note from his mother telling him there was a sandwich and chips in the refrigerator, that he should play or watch television, and that she would be home later.
Officers called Lucio repeatedly over the course of about two hours, police said, and left her voicemail messages.
When Lucio finally called back, she agreed to go to the station, police said. She was arrested and the state's Department of Children and Family Services was called in to investigate the matter.
Lucio was released on her own recognizance.
The police did not say where Lucio went when she left her son alone.