Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Saturday, Oct. 5, after receiving a call about a 2-year-old child wandering alone on County Road 12, south of Collinsville.
The child was found in the roadway by local emergency medical personnel, but no parent or adult was seen close by, DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said.
As deputies were checking a nearby home, the child’s father appeared out of a field adjacent to the road.
Deputies arrested the man, Dustin Smith, 31, of Collinsville, after finding marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of Xanax on him.
Smith was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and child in need of supervision.
Deputies notified the Alabama Department of Human Resource, which placed the child in the care of a relative.
"This is exactly why we feel so strongly about not having narcotics around children; the two do not mix,” Welden said. “This child could have been seriously hurt, killed or abducted due to this parent's negligence.
"I'd like to thank the emergency medical technicians who found the child and commend our deputies for handling this situation so well,” he continued. “If it had not been for them, this situation could have been a whole lot worse.”