A Chicago woman has been charged with endangering a child after a neighbor found her toddler injured on the ground, apparently after falling from a second-story window.
Police say Vernisha Carter, 22, had left her 2-year-old son home alone at their apartment building on the 6100 block of South Artesian Avenue when the boy fell, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
A neighbor found the boy on the ground outside the building around 9:10 p.m. Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. The toddler was taken to the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital with an abrasion to the head.
Neighbors told ABC Chicago that the building has been vacant for some time.
“I’m shocked because I thought the building was abandoned. I did see a man a couple of weeks ago, telling people they shouldn’t be in there...there were a lot of guys in front of the building, but I just thought it was empty,” Denise Barnes, who lives across the street from the apartment complex, told CBS Chicago. “But I have heard music and people screaming back and forth in there.”
The toddler's mother was charged with two misdemeanor counts for reckless conduct and endangering a child, and was released shortly after she was taken into custody, Fox Chicago reports.
Carter is expected to appear in domestic violence court July 11, according to NBC Chicago. Police say the boy will be in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services once he's released from the hospital.
The boy is expected to make a full recovery.
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