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Son found on road, mother arrested

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A Greenwood mother was arrested after motorists found her child wandering along County Line Road.

The 2-year-old child was found on the road alone Wednesday morning, wearing a dirty diaper and holding a bottle of cough medicine, a Greenwood Police Department report said.

Emily Hommel, 21, 316 Camby St., was arrested on a charge of neglect of a dependent.

A motorist driving along County Line Road near Westminster Row, which is west of U.S. 31, called police shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday after seeing the child in the middle of the roadway. The driver stopped and got the child away from the road, and other drivers stopped to help, the report said.


Shortly after police arrived, Hommel came from a nearby apartment looking for the child.

Hommel told police she was staying with her two children at a friend’s apartment. Hommel said her 2-year-old son was in the living room watching TV while she was in the kitchen washing dishes. She told police she tried calling her son’s name and that he didn’t answer, and that when she went to check on him she saw the apartment’s rear sliding door was open, the report said.

Hommel told officers she ran outside to look for him, the report said. She became upset when officers asked Hommel how the child could get the cough syrup from the refrigerator if she was in the kitchen, the report said.

Officers contacted Hommel’s father, Kevin Hommel, who said there is a Marion County court order stating that his daughter and grandchildren are to stay at his home. The state is now considering moving the children somewhere else because similar reports have been made in Marion County that Hommel has been unable to watch her kids, the report said.

Hommel was taken to the Johnson County jail and was released on $1,200 bond.

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