Wandering naked toddler leads to woman’s arrest

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — A Columbus woman was arrested this week after police say her 2-year-old daughter was found wandering around naked outside.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department was called to the 500 block of Della Road after a neighbor found the little girl wandering. Detectives arrived and also found a 1-year-old in a crib inside the home where there was no air conditioning and the windows were closed.

Detectives say temperatures in the home were in the mid to high 80s, reports The Republic, the news partner of our sister station WISH-TV.

Emergency personnel arrived to check out the children. They were turned over to Child Protective Services.

Police arrested 34-year-old Valena Michelle Martinez-Gonzalez. She has been preliminarily charged with two Class D felony charges of neglect of a dependent, Class D felony possession of meth, Class D felony possession of a controlled substance, Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana and Class B misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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