A Worth woman was charged last Thursday with endangering the health or life of a child after her 2-year-old boy was spotted riding a tricycle on 107th Street without wearing pants or underwear, police said.
Laura E. Curtin, 35, was arrested at 8:35 a.m. after police arrived at her home in the 7200 block of 107th Street and found her asleep on the couch, they said. The front door of the house was open, according to reports.
Police awoke Curtin, who asked, “Did (my son) get out again?” Police told Curtin her son was safe but noticed that the house was in disarray with dirty dishes piled up in the sink, garbage overflowing from the trash can and clothes strewn about the house, according to reports.
Curtin told police that she fell asleep on the couch at about midnight and awoke at 3 a.m. She helped her older 9-year-old son get ready for school at 8 a.m. At that time, her 2-year-old boy was asleep in his room, she said. She said she secures her doors, but suspected that her son stood on a chair and unlocked the door, police said.
Police notified the Department of Children and Family Services of the incident. A DCFS representative interviewed Curtin later in the day and later toured Curtain’s house and deemed it unlivable for children. The boy and his brother were released to the custody of their aunt.