A 42-year-old woman remained Tuesday in the Bexar County Jail, accused of abandoning her girlfriend’s toddler at an East Side garage
this weekend, authorities said.
Police arrested Stacy Staley
on Monday and charged her with endangering 16-month-old Melvon Bolden
after the toddler was found alone Saturday in an alley 3 miles from his home
. Staley was being held in lieu of $20,000 bond.
Authorities said Staley and her girlfriend, 21-year-old Evelyn Ellison, had an argument Friday morning and when Ellison returned home from work later that day, neither Staley nor her son were there.
Ellison told police she waited to report her son missing until Saturday morning.
But before she did, another woman, Elsa Rhyme, had called police at 7 a.m. Saturday to tell them she found Melvon wearing only a diaper and walking down an alley
near her apartment.
“I just saw this precious little baby,” she said. “He had just learned how to walk.”
Rhyme said she took the child inside her apartment, where she bathed him and then placed a makeshift diaper on him — one fashioned out of a towel and duct tape.
She told police when she looked around for the toddler’s parents, she found a stranger sleeping in her apartment building’s detached garage
. Rhyme said her son, Scott, often allows transients or friends to stay in the garage.
After she failed to wake the man up, she called police to report she found Melvon, according to police. When police arrived, the man was gone.
Rhyme’s son later told police that the toddler was with a woman and a man, who asked if he could use the garage for “personal time”
with his female friend. It was unknown when the woman left the toddler with the man at the garage.
Police were able to identify Melvon due to a hospital bracelet he was wearing. He had been hospitalized for a fever a few days earlier.
After being evaluated at a local hospital, Melvon was returned to his mother.