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Small child spotted walking along road; mother facing charges

By Julie Newman
Published On: Jul 26 2013 09:44:06 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 26 2013 02:36:53 PM CDT
BRISTOL, Va. -

A Bristol, Virginia woman is facing charges after police say her children were found unattended.

Police say Takendra Lashan Smith is being charged with two counts of child abuse and neglect.

According to police, around 6 a.m. Friday morning a woman noticed a small child walking alone near the intersection of Moore Street and Oakview Avenue. Authorities tell us the woman let the child into her car and called the police.

Police then searched the neighborhood around the Johnson Court Apartment Complex and they tell us they found another child alone in an apartment.

Both children were unharmed and were taken by social services.

Officers tell us they believe the children were left alone the previous night.

Smith was found outside the apartments, where she was taken into custody.