Moultrie Observer


October 1, 2012

Child rescued, grandmother faces charge

MOULTRIE — The grandmother of two toddlers was arrested Saturday after neighbors found one of the children playing in a highway as cars swerved to avoid striking her.

The older of the two, a girl of about 4, showed up at a child’s birthday party at about 2 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Dean Matthews Road, Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office reports said. The mother of the child having the party thought the girl was a new neighbor who knew the other children because they were playing together.

Eventually the girl wandered off from the party, and a short time later she was seen playing on Georgia Highway 133, sheriff’s reports said. A motorist who stopped told officers she had to maneuver to avoid the girl, as did other drivers.

A woman went into the roadway and rescued the girl and took her to her house, and law enforcement was called.

The girl, who identified herself as Marie, directed a deputy and Department of Family and Childrens Services agent to the 931 Jonah Tillman Road residence of Renee Sandy Proffitt, sheriff’s reports said.

As they arrived at the end of the driveway, a barefoot boy of about 2 years old approached, but when the deputy asked where he lived the boy ran away, the reports said.

When the deputy described the girl to Proffitt, she identified her as “her Holly” but said she was the grandmother and had custody of the two children, the reports said. Proffitt told the officers that she knew the children had left to play in a neighbor’s yard, but could not give a name for them, only that they “were Mexicans.”

When asked the last time she saw them, she responded: “I don’t know when they left here,” sheriff’s reports said.

Several neighbors in the area reported that it was not the first time the girl was seen walking in streets in the area.

The children were removed from the house and Proffitt, 45, was arrested and charged with reckless conduct.


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