Landis PD: Toddler found naked, alone in street

LANDIS, N.C. -- A 2-year-old child found was found wandering alone, Landis Police say, and now the parents have been charged.

Michael Banks and Crystal Knight are accused of misdemeanor child abuse.

A woman reported the family to police earlier this week. She said she noticed the boy running naked in the family's yard on Meriah Street. The woman reported the front door was closed.

Officers responded. They say the child was pushing a scooter in the road when they arrived, and the door was slightly open. The toddler ran back inside once he saw the police, and officers say they noticed feces on his back as he turned.

Two people could be seen sleeping in the back room from the opening in the door, according to officers. Investigators then interviewed the parents.


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