Upon further investigation, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office says the child was dropped off by his mother, Heather Adkins. Adkins had allegedly driven her three children from Indiana to Tennessee, dropping two of them off at a friend’s house.
According to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Adkins drove back toward Indiana with the victim in the car. Adkins and an adult passenger allegedly pulled over to Copper Creek Lane and dropped off the child. Adkins then drove away without the child, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office says.
The other adult in the car was not the victim’s father, WXIX-TV reports. He will reportedly not face any charges.
Deters added, "I want to thank the Colerain Township Police Department for their thorough investigation on this case. It’s heartbreaking to imagine what this nonverbal 5-year-old boy went through. I’m certain he was confused and hurt."
He continued, "His mother, being the person with whom he totally depended upon, dumps him on a dangerous road — in the pouring rain — to fend for himself, 70 miles from his home. Disgusting is the only word that comes to mind. And people question my belief that there are some out there who should never be parents."