Mother arrested after naked boy found playing in North York cemetery

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
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A North York woman was arrested after police found her 8-year-old son playing naked by himself in a cemetery, according to court documents.

Northern York County Regional Police were summoned July 31 to Prospect Hill Cemetery, 701 N. George St., after a worker saw a child walking around and playing in the grass, police said.    

The boy was naked and wouldn't talk, but he wasn't injured and had "good spirit," police said. Some witnesses helped dress the boy and told police the child lives across the street from the cemetery.

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Police contacted the boy's mother and learned the woman had gone to a friend's house around 4:30 a.m. because she works nights and couldn't sleep, court documents say.

The 36-year-old told police there are chain locks and alarms on both the front and back doors to prevent the child from leaving, police said.

She said she had also told her son's two siblings, a 12-year-old and an 18-year-old, that she was leaving, the documents state. All three siblings were asleep in the home when their mother left, according to court documents.

The woman was unsure how the child got out of the house, police said.

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The boy left through the front door at some point that morning and crossed three lanes of North George Street, which normally has heavy traffic, police said.

The mother left through the front door, and the front door's alarm was not turned on, police said. The woman is charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

She was arraigned July 31 before District Judge Lindy Lane Sweeney and is free on $1,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Oct. 4 before District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy.