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Mom of wandering boy pleads guilty to robbery in Indiana


The mother of a boy found wandering in Kansas City this week apparently appeared in an Indiana courtroom on Thursday and pleaded guilty to a robbery charge.

The boy was placed in the care of social workers earlier this week when he was found darting into traffic. Police initially said they could not locate the boy's mother.

Kansas City Police Department Officer Darin Snapp said Thursday evening that officers have made contact with the boy's mother and are working out arrangements to question her. He declined to release her name or current location.

Police were called Tuesday morning to St. John and White avenues after the toddler, who goes by A.J., was chasing after his dog into traffic. The construction worker who scooped up the boy said the boy told him that his mom had left.

Neighbors identified the mother as Jessica Scott. A man who lives at the home with Scott told KCTV5 on Wednesday that Scott had issues to resolve before meeting with Kansas City police. He said Scott likely would not regain custody of her son.

He also said that Scott had left her son in the care of a second man who fell asleep while watching the boy, who managed to get out of the home.

Court records in Indiana on Thursday showed that a Jessica Scott who lives at 117 White Ave. pleaded guilty to the robbery charge.

The hearing date was set in February, so Scott apparently left Kansas City to make the Indiana court appearance this week.

According to court records in Madison County, IN, Scott has a criminal history including illegal drug use. The judge found that she showed signs of remorse.

She has to serve nearly three years in home detention and then four years probation.

The charge was originally filed in July, and in October the judge allowed Scott to travel out of state from Indiana, according to court records.

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