Overland Park mother left 2-year-old home alone with space heater on

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A Lenexa, Kan., woman was arrested Monday by Lenexa Police after they found the woman's 2-year-old son home alone.

Police charged 37-year-old Alejandra Delpilar Garces with child endangerment. Police got a tip from Meia Turner, a neighbor, who called and told police that the young boy was home alone.

"I saw the mother leave and then 20 minutes later I was in the front yard doing yard work and I heard a child crying," Turner said. “I saw the little boy standing at the window crying so I waited a few minutes to see if an adult would come to his rescue."

Lenexa Police arrived and entered the house from the back door.  The neighbor was right, the 2-year old was the only one home, no other children or adults were in the house.

"I waited to call police because I didn't want her to lose her son, but I'm the mother of three children and I wouldn't want my children to be home alone so I called police,” Turner said.

Police said Garces was in class at Johnson Community College and planned to be away from the house most of the day.

Being at home alone was not the only danger for the 2-year old boy.  Police also discovered that a space heater in the house was left running and was set on high.

Police said thanks to Turner's call, no one was hurt.

The child is currently in protective custody.

Garces’ bond is set at $5,000.

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