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Mother arrested after toddler found alone outside
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The mother of a 2-year-old boy that a postal worker found alone outside a South Side home was arrested earlier today.

The postal worker found the small boy with no shoes or coat on city steps next to a residence in the 2600 block of South 18th Street around 1 p.m. He knocked on the door and called 911 after he got no response from the occupants, according to a Pittsburgh Police press release.

Officers responded to the scene. When no one answered the door, the officers entered through an open window and found the boy's mother, Melanie Slover, 21, and a man asleep on the second floor of the home.

Officers suspect that the boy climbed onto his high chair and out a nearby window with a retractable screen. There was a 4-foot drop from the window to the porch below. Police also found objects, including lighters, that the child could have hurt himself with.

Ms. Slover was arrested and taken the Allegheny County Jail on charges of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.

The child was uninjured and taken to Zone 3. Police notified Children, Youth and Families.

Taryn Luna: tluna@post-gazette.com

First published on April 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm
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