A Lincoln mother has been charged with child abuse after her five-year-old son was reportedly found on a busy street during rush hour.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Lincoln mother has been charged with child abuse after her five-year-old son was reportedly found on a busy street during rush hour.
A man told Lincoln Police he was driving on Capital Parkway near 27th St. when he saw the boy in the street.
The man reported he had to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting the child.
The man got the boy, who has autism and is non-verbal, out of the street before the child ran off into the nearby Sunken Gardens, according to court documents.
Officers ultimately determined the boy bleonged to 27-year-old Niccole Lane.
According to an affidavit for her arrest, officers found Lane drunk at a nearby U-Stop. Police say she had a BAC of .171.
Lane told officers she was at home and “needed a break,” so she decided to go to the U-Stop to “take some shots and get intoxicated,” according to court documents.
Officers wrote in the affidavit that Lane told them she had locked her son in a room inside their apartment and then left him to go get drunk.
“Defendant laughed and made a bible reference stating her autistic son could not be harmed,” officers wrote in the document.
Lane appeared in court Wednesday where a judge set her bond at $50,000, according to court records.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for later this month.