Mother arrested after 4-year-old found in busy intersection

McLennan County Jail
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 1:12pm

Laura Olvera Barcenas has been charged with endangering a child a after her 4-year-old was found wandering around in a busy intersection in Waco.

Waco police said, the mother had left her toddler at home while she went to attended an event at an elementary school with her other children.

Barcenas told officers, she didn't think she was going to be gone long.

The child wander a quarter mile away from his home located in the 3900 block of North 21st.

A citizen grabbed the toddler away from incoming traffic on 19th street. Barcenas was booked at McLennan County Jail and is currently on an immigration hold.

Waco Sgt. Patrick Swanton said, "because of the high volume of traffic in the area the citizen possibly saved that child's life."


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