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NC teen waiting for school bus saw kids, ages 1 and 4, out alone. He had to ask why.

A teen waiting at a school bus in Davidson County spotted two children, ages 1 and 4, wandering the streets on Tuesday, deputies say.
A teen waiting at a school bus in Davidson County spotted two children, ages 1 and 4, wandering the streets on Tuesday, deputies say. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

A teenage boy waiting for the school bus is being credited with intervening in an alleged child abuse case, after he found a 1-year-old and 4-year-old wandering alone in Davidson County, reports Fox8-WGHP.

It happened Tuesday morning in the Lexington area, according to a release from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.

“I called them over there toward me. The boy comes over to me. The girl comes over and she sits down and starts crying,” the teen was quoted telling Fox8.

The teen and his mom called deputies, said a sheriff’s office press release.

Investigators did not report the names of the two Good Samaritans, but Fox8 quoted the teen’s mother as saying she was proud of her son for trying to help, which included knocking on doors to try and find the parents of the two children.

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office identified the children as a 1-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy.

Investigators conducted a search of the area, which led them to a home at 130 Freewood Road in Lexington with an “unsecure door,” said a press release. Deputies entered and found three men “all unconscious inside and noticeably impaired,” said the release.

Narcotics and paraphernalia were also found inside the home, said the release.

Investigators said they were able to contact the mother of the children, who came to get them. The Department of Social Services was also called, said a release.

The three men arrested at the home were identified as: Chandler Burgess, 19, of Kannapolis; Chase Roberts, 19, of Landis, and Austin Sloop, 20, of Lexington, who was an uncle of the two unattended children, said a press release.

All three men were charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia and Sloop faces an additional charge of child abuse/neglect, sheriff’s office officials said in a statement.

Davidson County jail records show Burgess and Sloop were still in custody Thursday.

Mark Price: 704-358-5245, @markprice_obs
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