COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office was called Friday to Lakeside Circle in reference to a lost child.
According to an NCSO incident report, a man reported that while out exercising he came across a young boy crying for his mother. Deputies stated the youngster appeared to be about 4 years old.
Deputies had the boy show them where he lived and he took them to a home the next street over on Lake Birch Drive.
When deputies knocked on the door a teenage boy answered the door who acknowledged that the child belonged there, but denied that he was in charge of watching him. He said he was sleeping and his mother usually takes the smaller children with her when she leaves.
The teen did not have a phone number for his mother, but was able to tell deputies where his father worked at a Covington manufacturing plant. When deputies called the plant, the only information they could get was that the father did not get off work until 3:30 a.m.
Deputies said after about 20 minutes of searching, a phone number was found for the mother, who arrived back at the house driving a Toyota Sequoia about 15 minutes after deputies called her. She said she left the younger children at home with the 15-year-old without telling him.
It was discovered that she was driving on a suspended license and deputies cited her for that and told her the Department of Family and Children Services would be notified of the incident involving the young boy.
In other news, a woman called the Covington Police Department and reported she was pumping gas at the Shell service station on Alcovy Road, across the street from the Super 8 Motel, around 7 a.m. Thursday when she heard a child's voice crying, "Mommy, Mommy."
The woman said she looked around to see where the voice was coming from and looked across the street at the motel "and saw a small child with her hands up in the air, crying, 'Mommy. Mommy,' about 12 feet from the main highway," according to the CPD incident report.
The woman told officers she dropped everything and ran across the street to the child, but there was no one around. She took the child inside the motel lobby and called the police.
The child was described as approximately 2 years old with blond hair, barefoot, wearing a pink and white sundress and "a very wet diaper."
The clerk remembered a young couple who have a small female child and went to check in that room and found the door open and a man asleep with another young child. It was with great difficulty that the man was roused from his sleep, and according to the incident report it was about that time that a woman, identified as the child's mother, walked into the room with a gallon of milk.
The woman said she had left the children with their sleeping father, but the door was closed. She acknowledged, however, that the 2-year-old knew how to open the door.
The report states that both parents were upset over what had happened and said they would never allow anything like that to happen again. They were advised that the Department of Family and Children Services would be notified of the incident.