JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 3-year-old boy with a prosthetic leg was found wandering alone outside a Northside strip mall Monday morning is safe, but his mother was arrested and charged with child neglect.
Selena Gardner spotted the boy and called 911.
"He was hysterical and could not remember anything except his brother's name," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Lt. Reginald Blott said.
Police eventually located the mother -- Amanda Bozeman, 24 -- who told investigators she left the boy and his 18-month-old brother sleeping in the car when she went in to JEA branch office on Dunn Avenue to get her electricity turned on, then drove off without realizing her older son missing.
Police said Bozeman didn't realize her son was gone for more than an hour.
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"She had fake tears in her eyes and she seemed to be upset, but I don't know if she was or not," said Selena Gardner, who spotted the boy and called 911. "The child didn't even recognize her when she came up."
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Bozeman was booked into the Duval County Jail on the child neglect charge, but she was also ticketed for not having the 3-year-old in a booster seat.
Gardner said she feels sorry for the little boy and she is thankful that people like her were watching out for him.
"We thought maybe somebody purposely dumped him off -- you just don't know," Gardner told Channel 4's Karin Hirschey. "For a parent to lose a child these days, it's bad enough that people are taking other people's kids. It's just sad; really sad."
Police released Bozeman's two children to the custody of their grandparents. SOURCE