On Friday, August 8, Jolisa Renee Peterson appeared in court on a child endangerment charge she received back in May. According to the Daily Mail, Peterson was arrested after her daughter was found attempting to cross a major intersection without adult supervision. Witnesses who spotted the small child contacted the Houston Police Department.
Court documents stated the 6-year-old girl reportedly told one of the police officers that she had been to the local convenient store twice that day for a soda. She also revealed she’d missed school that day because her mother was at home “asleep with a boy.” Police reports suggest Peterson was having sex with her boyfriend inside the apartment, which would explain why she locked the child out. Peterson reportedly told her daughter to go outside and play.
Police later learned the Sam Houston Parkway at Vickery Drive intersection, where the child was found, was more than a half of a mile from where she lived. To arrive at that particular intersection, police indicated the child had to cross two feeder roads and walk under an interstate overpass to get to the gas station.
When police officers arrived at Peterson’s apartment, she denied knowing that the child had left home. However, officers cited that the front door had to have been locked from the inside because the child did not have a key. The apartment complex manager also cited that the May incident wasn’t the first time she’d seen the little girl wandering around unsupervised. The manager also revealed the girl would often be seen alone with her 2-year-old brother in tow on a regular basis, reports KHOU. The children were known for roaming around the complex alone quite often.
Peterson was taken into custody for child endangerment following the incident. Do you think Peterson intentionally locked her daughter out of the apartment?
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