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Two arrested after 4-year-old found wandering in Wesley Chapel

WESLEY CHAPEL – The first time the 4-year-old girl was found wandering outside her home Sunday afternoon, a group of neighborhood children returned her. The next time was almost 10 p.m. the same day. A neighbor saw her toddling through a parking lot alone in her underwear.

The neighbor took the girl in and called 911. Deputies went to 6412 Ryerson Circle, where they found Evan James Ferguson, 26, who said the girl lived there, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states.

Inside the deputies found a 1 1/2 year old child laying on the floor next to a crib and covered in feces, the report said. "Several" beer bottles were scattered around the room.

They arrested Ferguson, then went to find Angela Walsh, 24, who is also listed as a caretaker for the children and lives at the same house. They arrested her at the Waffle House in San Antonio where she works.

The report does not state Ferguson or Walsh's relationship to each other or the children.

Both were booked into the Land O'Lakes jail on two charges of child neglect each. The remained in jail Monday, Ferguson in lieu of $5,000 bail and Walsh in lieu of $2,000 bail.

Two arrested after 4-year-old found wandering in Wesley Chapel 04/22/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 22, 2013 6:01pm]
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