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Mother of boy found in drainage ditch located

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The child was taken to the hospital as a precaution to be examined for exposure. (Image Source: Tipton County Sheriff's Office) The child was taken to the hospital as a precaution to be examined for exposure. (Image Source: Tipton County Sheriff's Office)
COVINGTON, TN -

(WMC-TV) – A 6-year-old boy was found abandoned in a drainage ditch filled with water west of Covington Monday morning.

According to Chief Donna Turner with Tipton County Sheriff's Office, the child was found near Jamestown and Detroit roads wearing nothing but blue jean shorts and a sweatshirt. He was also barefoot.

Paul Bridges and his crew were doing road work alongside Detroit Road when they found the boy.

"It was just a scary morning for everybody," said Bridges. "We wrapped him up in a jacket. Our biggest concern about the kid was there wasn't anybody looking for him."

The boy was cold and wet but otherwise unharmed. The child was taken to the hospital as a precaution to be examined for exposure.

Deputies determined the boy is non-verbal, therefore he could not provide them with information about his mother or how he got in the ditch.

The boy's 29-year-old mother was found about two hours later. She told police she was woken up by her son at around 5:30 a.m. She thought he then returned to bed. When she woke up later, the mother discovered her son was no longer home.

The child is now in custody of DCS.

"If it was my child, it wouldn't have took however many hours it is to find out that my kid was gone," said Bridges. "It could've been a different ending any way it goes. We're just glad somebody was there to care for the kid."

The mother of the boy was not charged with a crime as of 4:45 p.m. She could face charges of child neglect or endangerment of a child depending on the outcome of the investigation.

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