MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 13, 2014

Mom busted when child wanders

City woman held on warrants, child endangerment

By Elizabeth Ridenour
Phoenix City Editor

— A Muskogee woman was arrested after her 2-year-old son was found wandering the streets, said Cpl. Michael Mahan of the Muskogee Police Department.

Melisa Greer, 34, was booked into the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on a complaint of child endangerment and on two warrants for failing to pay on convictions for resisting an officer and petty larceny.

A witness was driving south on 24th Street on her way home from work Wednesday when she spotted the child on 24th Street south of Denver Street, Mahan said.

“She parked her vehicle and kept an eye on the child and waited to see if a parent showed up,” Mahan said.

She then called police at approximately 5:35 p.m.

“While the witness was writing the statement, a woman who was later identified as the child’s grandmother came walking down the alleyway looking for the child,” Mahan said. “The officer said when the grandmother appeared from the alley, she was frantically calling for the child.”

The witness told police that from the time she spotted the child until the moment the grandmother came looking for the child, it had been approximately 40 minutes, Mahan said.

The toddler’s grandmother and Greer live together in a home in the 2400 block of Elgin Street. The grandmother had come home earlier in the day from an appointment and took a nap. She assumed the child was in the home with Greer. When the grandmother woke up, she realized the child was missing, Mahan said.

When police and the grandmother returned to the home with the child, they found Greer asleep in the residence.

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services was called, and the child was left in the custody of the grandmother, with the consent of DHS, Mahan said.

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