A woman and her live-in boyfriend were arraigned Thursday on a charge of child abuse, neglect and endangerment after her daughter was found wandering outside alone early Wednesday morning.
Jeannae Raley, 34, and William Lollar, 44, 128 Sycamore Drive, remained in jail and were scheduled for a preliminary hearing next week.
Raley’s 4-year-old daughter was found around 2:20 a.m. Wednesday on East Main Street in Jonesborough near Timberidge Road. The girl was clothed, including coat and shoes, and was carrying a blanket and Elmo doll, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Whether Lollar is held responsible for the girl’s whereabouts could be an issue in the case, according to a comment Judge John Kiener made during the brief appearance.
“I’m not certain how culpable you are since this is not your child,” Kiener told Lollar.
When Jonesborough Public Safety officers and county deputies located Raley and Lollar at their residence around 10 a.m. Wednes-
day, neither had any idea the child wasn’t in the house. They told officers they had not checked on the girl since the previous evening.
During their arraignment, Kiener appointed attorneys for the two. He adjusted their bond so they can post a $50,000 property bond or a $25,000 surety bond, but neither indicated if anyone would be able to post that amount.
Raley asked Kiener for an own recognizance bond, which she could sign herself without putting up any money, but he denied that request.
The public defender’s office will represent Lollar and William McManus was appointed to represent Raley. Both Lollar and Raley have a preliminary hearing set for next Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
No information was available Thursday about where Raley’s daughter is now or how she is doing.