Toddler found wandering Ala. roadway, father charged with child abuse

Freelin Joe Burnett's 2-year-old daughter was found wandering the road after Burnett was arrested for public intoxication.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama say a man’s 2-year-old daughter was found wandering along a roadway hours after he was arrested on a public intoxication charge.

Now media says 25-year-old Freelin Joe Burnett has now been charged with child abuse.

Police say Burnett was arrested around 11:00 PM Tuesday. Police Lt. Teena Richardson says Burnett was intoxicated and didn’t tell officers his daughter was in his car several blocks away. Police found the girl looking for her father around 8:00 AM Wednesday.

Tuscaloosa police say Burnett’s bond was set at $30,000. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could comment on the charges.

The police department’s juvenile division took over the investigation and was able to find the girl’s mother.

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