EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFather Charged With Neglect Speaks Out After Child Found Wandering
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Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Tiersa Davis
Reported: Sep. 23, 2013 10:18 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 24, 2013 9:10 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Charles Grieco said his wife was frantic when they realized their 2-year-old son Anthony was missing.
"I guess he got up earlier in his nap or something and got that back door open," Grieco said Monday.
He said he and Anthony were taking a nap Sunday morning, and when he woke up, Anthony was gone. He said the toddler must have gone out the back door, climbed a fence and walked down two alleys before finally being spotted at the nearby Dollar Tree on Fifth Avenue in Huntington.
Police said the child was found wearing only shoes. They brought the boy home and called Child Protective Services. The boy was returned to the couple, but hours later, CPS returned and took all five of the Griecos' children into custody. Police arrested the parents on a child neglect charge.
"It's terrible," Grieco said. "I'm not very good at showing a lot of emotion, but it does hurt, and my wife, of course, she's tore up about it."
Greico acknowledges it was a terrible mistake.
"I'm not saying it was right. It was wrong. We should have been paying better attention," he said.
Grieco said he is not sure why the child was given back to them, only to be taken away hours later. He told Eyewitness News he is also concerned because his 14-year-old daughter walked away from CPS when taken into protective custody, and is now reportedly missing.
The couple has five children, four under age 3, and said they do the best they can for their family.
"We might not have all kinds of money, but we love our kids. We make sure they eat every day. They're not dirty," he said.
He said they are grateful their son is OK and are working now to bring their family back together.
"We just hope we get our kids back, and we hope they're safe where they're at right now," Grieco said.
A Huntington couple is facing child neglect charges after police said their toddler was found naked blocks away from their home in a parking lot.
Patricia Grieco, 40, and Charles Grieco, 41, of Huntington were charged with child neglect resulting in injury or creating risk of injury, according to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court.
Huntington police said they found the couple's 2-year old son in the parking lot of a store in the 2900 block of Fifth Avenue about 10 a.m. Sunday. Police said the child was only wearing shoes. Police said when they contacted the parents 20 minutes later, the couple was unaware that the child was missing.
The couple was taken to the Western Regional Jail.
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