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Mom charged after 3-year-old found wandering in Englewood

Police are asking for public’s help identifying boy believed be 3 or 4 years old who was found running sidewalk

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a boy, believed to be 3 or 4 years old, who was found running on the sidewalk in the 7200 block of South Hermitage Avenue about 11:23 p.m. / Chicago Police

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Updated: January 15, 2013 2:31PM

The mother of a 3-year-old found running by himself in the Englewood neighborhood late Monday night has been charged with endangering a child, police said.

Carla S. Conrad, 27, of the 7100 block of South Woodhas been charged with one misdemeanor count of endangering the life/health of a child, according to police.

The boy was running on the sidewalk in the 7200 block of South Hermitage about 11:20 p.m., according to police. Someone saw the boy and called police, who picked him up and handed him over to the Department of Children and Family Services.

Police located the boy’s mother Tuesday morning.

DCFS was investigating allegations of neglect against the mother, according to spokesman Jimmie Whitelow. He said the agency has had no prior contact with the mother, but he could not say if there were other children in the home.

Inadequate supervision was the third-leading cause of death in 2012 in cases involving children where abuse and neglect were indicated, Whitelow said.

Conrad is expected to appear Feb. 26 in Domestic Violence Court.

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