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June 10, 2014

Two charged after girl left unattended

— Police took two people into custody after a young girl was found wandering the 8th Ward on Tuesday evening.

Johnstown police Sgt. Patrick Goggin said residents near the 1000 block of Boyd Avenue reported seeing a little girl wandering the neighborhood unattended for hours.

Police responded just after 6 p.m. Tuesday and found the 3-year-old.

She was taken to the hospital for a check-up before being released to the county’s Children and Youth Services.

The girl, along with three other related children, were left by their grandmother with 57-year-old Linda Cooper. Police said when they met Cooper, they found her to be heavily intoxicated.

She was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment of a child.

The children’s grandmother also was on scene, Goggin said. She was arrested on a public drunkenness charge.

According to police, the parents said nothing was amiss when the children were dropped off with the grandmother. The children have since been returned to their parents.

Justin Dennis is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at @JustinDennis.

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