Huffpost Crime

Stacey Nikkel Abandons Toddler In Field Days After Winning Custody: Cops

Posted: Updated:
Print Article
Stacey Nikkel | Facebook

Days after a winning a court battle for custody of her 2-year-old daughter, a mother in Tehachapi, California was arrested when the girl was found alone in a field in a tipped-over stroller.

Stacey Nikkel, 34, is charged with child endangerment, child abandonment, and being under the influence of a controlled substance, ABC 23 reports.

The child was spotted in a vacant field by passerby Glenna Whitman at around 9 a.m. Sunday. Police believe the toddler had been there since 10:30 the night before, according to the Taft Midway Driller.

Whitman told Bakersfield Now that when she saw the stroller in the field, "Something was telling me, 'something's not right."'

Whitman returned to the field a short time later with her friend Luanna Arden, and the two discovered the little girl inside the stroller.

"She was very dirty, with tears, snots, hair covered in fox-tails," Arden told Bakersfield Now.

The Monday prior to the incident, Nikkel won a custody battle with a couple who was trying to adopt her daughter. Nikkel had lost custody in 2012, when she was charged with willful cruelty to a child, but the case was ultimately dismissed.

The toddler, who was physically unharmed, is now in protective custody.

Like Us On Facebook |
Follow Us On Twitter |
Contact The Author

Also on HuffPost:

Questionable Parenting
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Passerby finds 2-year-old in a tipped stroller in a field near ...

Authorities: Toddler found abandoned in field, mom arrested | Local ...

Baby found in stroller after 10 hours outdoors -

Kern Co. Woman Abandons Toddler - KMJ

Child found alone in stroller in vacant Tehachapi field for more than ...

Mother allegedly left child in vacant field overnight - The Bakersfield ...

Child suspected to have been left 10.5 hours

Passerby finds 2-year-old in a tipped stroller in a field near Tehachapi