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JONESBORO, Ark. – A 26-year-old woman was arrested on Wednesday after her 2-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy were found wandering on a city street with no clothing by a passerby, according to the JPD incident report.
Kelsey Lane Alvarado, 26, of Jonesboro, was arrested according to the incident report filed by Officer Nathanial Cole Wednesday night in Jonesboro.
At 8:17 PM, Cole was dispatched to the 900-block of Craighead Forest Road in reference to two toddlers being in the middle of the road. A witness called police after seeing the children in the middle of a city street. The children did not have any clothing on, the report said.
Cole arrived and secured the children. All other details in the report were masked by JPD.
Alvarado was eventually arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor. She was booked into Craighead County Detention Center and released on bond at 1:23 AM Thursday morning, per the jail roster record.
Updated 3 PM
After requesting the unredacted file, NEA Report received it from JPD.
Officer Cole arrived to find two toddlers being held by a woman who had gotten the children out of the road. She said she came around the curve on Craighead Forest Road and there the children were, “playing in the middle of the road,” just west of the 900 block.
The officer knocked on the door of the home and no one answered.
That’s when the father, Alfredo Lopez, arrived on the scene. As he approached, the officer said he heard Lopez say, “what has she done.” Lopez said his wife was supposed to be watching the kids.
After this, the mother finally came to the door. The officer was then taken into the home.
From there, we are including the exact report of what Cole saw next:
“Arrestee #1 (Alvarado, Kelsey Lane) was slurring her words, and appeared to have just woken up. I then asked her why the kids were outside and she stated she didn’t know, because they were with her the whole time. I then asked her to show me what room the children we supposed to be in. As I walked in the house I was overwhelmed with the smell of urine, dog feces, and rotting food. The residence was in complete disarray. There was molding rotting food in every room, all over the floor, dog feces all over the floor, and I could not take a single step in the house without stepping on either trash, clothing, or old food. Arrestee #1 (Alvarado, Kelsey Lane) then showed me the room the children were supposed to be staying in, and it was covered in filth.” – Officer Nathanial Cole
The officer called DCFS who arrived on the scene and agreed: it was not suitable for children to remain in.
Meanwhile, Lopez was allowed to retain custody of the children. He checked into Best Western Hotel to get the children away from the address on E. Craighead Forest Road.
The report indicated he resided at the same address as the suspect/mother.