A toddler found alone wandering on Cleveland’s east side will remain in foster care. Her mother, 18-year-old Jayranea Durham, has been arrested and jailed on unrelated charges.
The 14-month old girl, Chyna Stewart, was found alone Sunday night on East 78th Street.
Chyna was dressed in a winter jacket. She was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center to be checked out, she was in good health. While police and Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services searched for the girl’s family, she was taken care of by temporary foster parents.
Just before midnight, Durham called police saying she saw her daughter’s picture on the news. The toddler stayed in foster care for the night until Children and Family Services could investigate what happened.
The 18-year-old mother has not been investigated by Children and Family Services before. At a hearing Tuesday, it was decided the baby will remain with Children and Family Services because the mom is unstable and doesn’t have a job.
The toddler’s dad is a minor and did not show up for court. He lives with his grandmother.
Anyone with information about this case should call 696-KIDS.
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