Police find toddler home alone sucking on frozen chicken breast

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The child was sucking on a frozen chicken breast while a small dog was jumping on the boy trying to get the chicken, according to the police report.

KCCI are reporting that: Hallie Amick, 30, of Des Moines, was charged with child endangerment bodily injury and narcotics possession schedule I. She has been released from the Polk County Jail on Tuesday.

Police reported that when they arrived at the home they found the 2-year-old boy in the backyard alone wearing only a T-shirt and a diaper that was “full and sagging.”

The child was sucking on a frozen chicken breast while a small dog was jumping on the boy trying to get the chicken, according to the police report. Police said the Department of Human Services was called to the scene.


Police reported that when the mother returned home she lied to them saying it was the first time she has left the child alone. When questioned, police said the mother later “admitted she has left (the boy) home alone on occasions.”

Police said they learned about the case when Amick’s boyfriend, James Robinson, was pulled over by police while speeding and he told authorities he was rushing home because there was a child at his house who was alone.

A neighbor reported finding the boy alone in the middle of the street when they first moved in, saying they don’t watch him very well.


Neighbor Deborah Snyder said the actions that led to Monday afternoon’s arrest is not an isolated incident. Snyder should know because she has the perfect view from her apartment balcony that overlooks the backyard of the house on East Emma Avenue where police found a toddler.

“On that patio by the washer, he was walking around and the dog was jumping on him. He kept going back and forth to the fence,” said Snyder.

“I think it is horrible,” said Brian Bailey.

Bailey lives on East Emma too. He said he keeps to himself but hearing that police arrested his neighbor for leaving her toddler home alone is an accusation he finds indefensible.

“I am disgusted, to be honest with you. Any parent that would do that to their child doesn’t deserve to have a child and they deserve what’s coming to them through the courts,” said Bailey.

Police reported finding a marijuana pipe, blunts, and marijuana stems in the house, in plain sight.

The case remains under investigation.


  1. Krystal Renfro Cahoon

    August 13, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    My baby is almost 2, can’t believe anyone would leave them alone. So many things could happen… so sad. Never understand why people like that are able to have children whereas so many others who would be deserving parents aren’t.

  2. Riri Kemp

    August 13, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    What a dog of a mother

    • Sylvia Nava Ramirez

      August 13, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Not even dogs leave their kids.more like Devil!

    • Riri Kemp

      August 13, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      So disgusting makes me so mad . My kids are 7 and 8 and I won’t even leave them alone

  3. Diana Madrigal

    August 13, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Ashley Peterson

  4. Coco Ramires

    August 13, 2016 at 10:07 pm


  5. Kris Hunt

    August 13, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    My little guy is 2.5, and I worry about leaving him to watch cartoons for 3 minutes so I can pee in silence! How could anyone think that leaving a baby that young alone would be a good idea?!? I sincerely hope that they’re able to find a safe home for that poor baby, preferably on the other side of the country from the mom.

  6. Elizabeth Moore

    August 13, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    would be awesome if the neighbors offered to help or LE helped the family by providing info for resources like head start.

  7. Tammy Saner

    August 14, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Parent deserves to be imprisoned declared a unfit mother by the state, and left alone without food or water for the same amount of time she left the baby alone.

  8. April Duffy

    August 14, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Anybody else pissed the neighbour never called the cops the times she saw it happening before?

    • Meagan

      August 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      i agree if she would have called before when she seen it that would have helped the baby alot. They sure give her a ticket for no reporting.

      • Meagan

        August 15, 2016 at 2:39 pm

        *sure to should

  9. Michelle ALEXANDRIA

    August 14, 2016 at 1:05 am

    I am just in tears reading this. How can Anyone do this to their own baby? They are so defenseless and dependent on mama to love and nurture them. I am just in tears. Someone please take that baby boy and looooooove him. He is just a baby ❤️

  10. Kenea Dhillon

    August 14, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Yet the society feels compelled to bully the 68 yo woman who had a baby that she will cherish for as long as she gets…
    This kind of parenting is okay though.. Because poor drug addict mother with her mental health issues is doing the best she can isn’t she!

  11. Heather Bartow

    August 14, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I hope a loving nice family adopts that baby and takes better care of him.

  12. Laura

    August 15, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Where. And how is the child now…who is careing for that poor baby

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