Two people were arrested early Sunday morning after police found a 3-year-old child walking in the middle of the street in central Pine Bluff.
The child’s mother, Penny Hill, 22, said her fiance, Tyler Ratliff, 22, was supposed to be watching the child, but Ratliff said Hill didn’t tell him she was leaving the house and he had gone to sleep, Detective Larry Gailey said in a probable cause affidavit.
During a court hearing Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police were sent to the area of 24th Avenue and Hickory Street to check on a report that a child was in the street and found the infant in the area of 22nd Avenue and Cypress Street.
Gailey reported that one of the officers sent to the area had investigated a prior incident involving a child and was able to locate a phone number for Hill from that report.
Kizer said police contacted Hill, who said she had gone to a service station with a friend and left the child with Ratliff. She also said Ratliff had taken a Xanax pill earlier.
Police went to 2109 W. 21st Ave., where they found the doors open, the lights on and Ratliff asleep. Hill arrived shortly after that.
The child was turned over to the Department of Human Services, Gailey said in his report.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $5,000 bond for Hill and Ratliff after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge both of them with endangering the welfare of a minor.
Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Hill and Ratliff and told them to come back to court Nov. 19.