A Columbus woman left her 5-year-old son alone early Tuesday at their Pembrook Drive home to go to the gas station nearby, according to testimony Wednesday in Recorder’s Court.
Tynisha Hurd, 37, pleaded not guilty to reckless conduct. She was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail under a $2,500 bond.
Judge Julius Hunter bound the case over to State Court.
Columbus Police Officer Jeana Bonaparte said she was called to a residence in the 1000 block of Pembrook Drive around 1:47 a.m. Tuesday to check on a 5-year-old boy who was left unsupervised. He wasn’t injured.
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The child’s grandmother reported that he ran to her apartment about 10 minutes before authorities arrived on the scene. He allegedly told her that Hurd left him alone.
The grandmother lives on the same block as Hurd, her daughter.
She told authorities that didn’t know where Hurd was at the time, and she didn’t know how to contact her.
Bonaparte said Hurd returned home about 20 minutes later. She allegedly told police that she left to go to the BP gas station at 3921 Buena Vista Road, which is less than 1 mile from the Hurd’s home.
Officials have yet to clarify how long the child was left unsupervised.