A mother was passed out and intoxicated, while her young son was found wandering on State Road 434.
Investigators said Ramona Petty’s 6-year-old son was found more than a mile away on Sheoah Boulevard.
Petty admitted to Barber that she did not remember a lot from Sunday night.
Investigators said a driver spotted Petty’s 6-year-old and called 911.
The officers who rescued the boy said they recognized him from previous cases that involved his mother. The officers said they brought him home, where Petty was drunk and lying in the grass with her 5-year-old daughter.
“My son, he has this little habit of taking off and he runs because behind here we have trees and woods. So, my daughter and I are screaming, ‘Joseph! Joseph!’ Can’t find him, can’t find him,” said Petty.
Petty said she had a few drinks, but denied being drunk
. She said she did not believe that her son was capable of walking a mile from their apartment to State Road 434.
“It’s not true, because he would have stopped at the park. He is not like that. It’s not true,” Petty said.
A police document shows that Petty had marks on her face because she “fell down”
while officers were trying to arrest her on child abuse charges. She was also charged with resisting arrest.
Court records show that it was not Petty’s first time in trouble. She was arrested on child neglect charges in 2013 for a similar situation. In that case, she pleaded no contest and took anger management, substance abuse and parenting classes.