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Woodbridge mother arrested for leaving while 3-year-old plays outside alone

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WJLA) - A Woodbridge woman was arrested and charged with reckless child endangerment Sunday after leaving her 3-year-old child outside playing unsupervised while she left.

Nakeys Meschelle Hardy (Photo: Prince William County PD)

Prince William County police responded to the 2800 block of Woodmark Drive when someone called to report finding a child.

The person said she had spotted the 3-year-old child walking along the street unsupervised shortly after 12:30 a.m. After being unable to locate the child's parents, the person had called police.

Police were able to determine where the child lived - but found no one home.

Police obtained the child's mother's phone number and made contact with her. They determined that the child had been left alone playing outside for at least one hour.

The child was not injured.

Police arrested 20-year-old Nakeys Meschelle Hardy and charged her with child endangerment.

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