A case of child endangerment has been submitted to the Muskogee County District Attorney after a toddler was found wandering city streets unsupervised. It is the second such incident in Muskogee in less than a week.

A 2-year-old child was found about 12:15 p.m. Thursday near G and Elmira streets, said Ginny Bemo, an investigator with the Muskogee Police Department.

“When the officer responded, he saw the child running down the road in just a diaper,” Bemo said.

The officer, Jody Standridge, stopped, picked up the child and placed her in his car. After noticing a large mark on the child’s face, he called Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service to examine the little girl, then contacted the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, who took the child into custody.

The 26-year-old mother of the toddler, who was arrested on unrelated city warrants, told police she was asleep when the child left.

“She was taking a nap and the child opened the front door and left the residence,” Bemo said the mother told police.

The mother also told police the mark on the child occurred during a fall about a month ago.

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