by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:
SNELLVILLE, Ga. - Police arrested a Snellville babysitter after they said a passerby found a 14-month-old boy wandering alone near a busy road.
"I noticed a baby walking, so I stopped my car and I figured I was going to see a mother or somebody chase the baby," said Edatu Ellu, 19.
But when Ellu got out of her car, she said nobody was around.
It was just her and a 14-month-old boy wandering the Snellville neighborhood off the very busy Springdale Road.
"He came to me and I carried him and then I was just looking around for a minute wondering, 'Where did he come from?'" Ellu said.
Ellu returned to her friend's home on Dale Court to see if anyone recognized the child.
"We actually knocked on the doors down here seeing if it was anybody's kid," said neighbor Filiberto Galvan.
"And nobody knew whose baby it was or anything," Ellu said.
Ellu told Kavanaugh she called the police and waited. About 20-30 minutes passed and still no one was looking for this toddler.
"I feel like if I didn't stop him, he was walking towards the street. He would have been hit by a car. He would have died," Ellu said.
"It's very busy. I mean there are cars flying up and down this road," said neighbor Zachary Miller.
Police eventually located Tomicka Kenisha Belgrove, 28, and she told police she was babysitting her friends' three children along with her own three children.
Police said she didn't know one was missing.
Belgrove lived around the corner in a home along Springdale Road. No one is sure if the toddler cut through back yards or actually made it down the road unharmed.
Ellu was relieved she happened to be in the right place at the right time.
"It was really crazy for me to see that," Ellu said.
Police charged Belgrove with reckless conduct. She has bonded out of the Gwinnett County jail.
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