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Deputy saves lost child in Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A two-year-old boy was found wandering alone in the rain Tuesday morning, wearing only his pajamas. 

Luckily, he wasn't far from the Richmond City Jail. A deputy rescued the child on Fairfield Way just before 11:00 a.m.     

The call came from a contractor working to build the new jail. He told Deputy Andre Skinner that a toddler was wandering alone just up the street. Deputy Skinner immediately got in his car to go check on the child.

"He was in his pjs and it was raining outside so he was kinda damp." said Skinner.

Deputy Skinner found the baby toddling down Fairfield Way on the sidewalk, next to a busy street and fast moving traffic.

"I tried to use some words to try to get him to converse with me," said Skinner, "but he didn't hesitate to get in my arms when I tried to pick him up."

Deputy Skinner didn't see any adults, so he took the child back to the jail for safety.

Reportedly, it took about an hour for the child's mother, Tamika Goode, to check on him. In the interim, police and child protective services were called to care for the child and find his family.

Goode was later charged and released for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.    

"He's a two-year-old kid, so anything could have happened," said Skinner. "He could have walked in the middle of the street and got hit by a car, God forbid that happen."

Goode reportedly lives up the road, on Accomodation Street in Richmond. We tried to speak with her to find out how the child escaped and who was watching him, but she avoided our news team.

Goode did get custody of the child. While he was at the jail, we're told he got to sit in the Sheriff's chair, and drink juice.

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