Toddler Left Alone for 24 Hours in Capitol Heights

Two-year-old girl found cold, hungry in apartment bedroom

Thursday, Dec 22, 2011  |  Updated 2:54 PM EDT
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Investigators say a little girl left by herself in a Prince George's County apartment was living in filth, without food or water.

Jane Watrel

Investigators say a little girl left by herself in a Prince George's County apartment was living in filth, without food or water.

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UPDATE: Bond for Anthony Venon was increased Thursday from $25,000 to $100,000.


A 2-year-old girl was found cold and hungry in a Capitol Heights, Md., apartment on Tuesday after being left alone for 24 hours.

Anthony Venson, 24, has been charged with reckless endangerment, leaving a child unattended, and neglect of a minor, police spokesman Cpl. Evan Baxter said Wednesday.

The child's mother had been in the hospital since Friday, and had left the toddler in the care of her father, according to the apartment manager.

Early Tuesday afternoon, the mother made a frantic call to Prince George's County Police after she was unable to reach the girl's father.

Officers went to the apartment in the 6900 block of Walker Mill Road, where they found the girl in a back bedroom. Police say she was "extremely hungry" but otherwise unharmed.

The mother was reunited with the child after being released from the hospital.
 

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