LAFE, Ark. — A woman reported missing last week, subsequently arrested, is alleged to have left her 10-year-old child home alone and locked out of the house.
The incident unfolded on November 15 when Greene County deputies responded to a call at 72 Greene 535 Road in Lafe, the probable cause affidavit released by Sheriff Brad Snyder says. Upon arriving, they found a 10-year-old child who had returned home to discover all doors locked and no sign of their mother. The residence is situated in a rural area, and lacking a phone, the child walked to a neighbor’s home seeking assistance.
The minor informed deputies that the mother’s car was present but she was not. Additionally, the child stated that their phone had been taken by the mother the previous night. After an extensive search, officers were unable to locate the mother. Contacts with family and friends yielded no recent communication, with a witness mentioning the woman’s history of recurrent multi-day disappearances.
Subsequently, the child was placed in foster care.
Deputies continued their search for over 24 hours until a witness reported Summers had been seen at a specific residence. Summers was located and taken into custody on charges of endangering the welfare of a minor. She reportedly confessed to fleeing into the woods upon spotting police cars in the area, fearing arrest.
Summers faces charges of first-degree endangerment of a minor, a felony, along with misdemeanor fleeing.
District Judge Dan Stidham, after finding probable cause, has set her bond at $10,000 cash only.