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Police: Indiana mom abandons 5-year-old autistic son in Ohio

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Posted at 7:06 PM, Feb 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-21 19:06:09-05

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — An Indiana mother who authorities say drove to Ohio and abandoned her 5-year-old autistic son on a street was captured in Kentucky when police there arrested her on an unrelated warrant.

The child was found unharmed about an hour after authorities say he was abandoned in Colerain Township on Thursday night.

The boy, who is nonverbal, was spotted by passing motorists as he tried to wave down cars.

His mother was arrested Saturday night at a gas station in Georgetown, Kentucky, on an unrelated warrant.

Authorities later learned about the charges that had been filed that day in Ohio.

Authorities say it’s not clear why the Shelbyville woman abandoned the boy or why she did it in Ohio.