Clarksville Police spokesman Jim Knoll said the boy called 911 around 4:30AM saying he couldn’t find his mother and the movie she had put on had ended.
Police discovered the child had been in the care of a babysitter until around 2:00AM when his mother, Kelly Lynn Walnoha, picked him and took him home where she promptly said she’d be back after dropping someone off, put in a movie, and left. When the movie had finished and she had not yet returned home, the 8 year old called 911.
Knoll said officers found the child alone with dogs. The child knew his mother’s first name but could not spell her last name.
Officers called Walnoha on her cell phone and she returned to the house. She has since been charged with child abuse, neglect or endangerment. She is currently in jail on a $5,000 bond.
The child was placed with Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.Tags: Child Abuse, Child Endangerment, Child Neglect, Kelly Lynn Walnoha