Two Very Young Children Found in Winco Without Adult; One Naked Wrapped in Blanket Which Held a Hypodermic Needle
Two young children found their way into Winco at the Eureka Mall at approximately 9 p.m. last night. According to scanner traffic recorded below, the boy [later we learned he was three] was naked and wearing only a towel. The six-year-old girl was wearing a shirt and pajama pants but no shoes.
According to a witness, snagged in the boy’s towel was a hypodermic needle. Brittany Powell of the Eureka Police Department confirmed, “Employees said they had removed a needle stuck in the blanket prior to officers arrival. It is unknown how the needle got in the blanket.”
An address for the mother shows that the children, if coming from their home which could not be confirmed at this time, would have crossed a smaller street as well as busy West Harris in order to get to the store. The sun set almost an hour earlier so the children likely traveled in near darkness to the large store.
Powell said, “Child Welfare Services responded and handled the placement of the juveniles. Nearly an hour and half later, the mother [Taylor Massey Sweet] arrived looking for the children. She was arrested for child endangerment.”