A Johnson City man on probation for letting his toddler wander off from their residence was arrested Monday after a similar incident.
Jason D. Peters, 21, 1068 Ingleside Terrace, was arrested about 9 p.m. Monday after a 3-year-old child was found unattended at Peters’ residence, police said in a news release.
Peters was charged with child abuse and neglect (non-violent) and jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $1,000 bond.
Johnson City Police Officer Jon Dempsey responded to the apartment complex after 911 received a call about the child walking around outside unattended. Other officers also responded and began knocking on doors to find the child’s home.
After 49 minutes, officers finally located Peters and asked if he knew where his child was. Peters said he didn’t and that he and the child had fallen asleep on the couch together.
Peters was charged with the same offense involving the same child and a drug-related offense on Sept. 2. Police reported at the time that an unsupervised child had wandered out of Peters’ Ingleside Terrace residence. In that incident, police made contact with Peters at his apartment and located drug paraphernalia and an open knife lying within the child’s reach, according to police.
Peters pleaded guilty to attempted child neglect and is currently on probation. He has a court date later this month on the new charge.