Julia E. Tolson, 29, of Harvest Drive in southwestern Suffolk, was arrested on June 21, 2008 after her 3-year-old child was found wandering barefoot in the roadway for the second time. She was charged with felony child abuse or neglect. In the most recent case, someone found the child June 16 in the roadway about a mile from his home. The child was taken to the home of an off-duty Suffolk detective. The detective notified on-duty investigators, who arrived at Tolson's home. "Even though the child was with the off-duty detective for an hour, the mother was unaware that her child was missing until police arrived at her residence," Suffolk Police Lt. Debbie George said. The child was 2 when he strayed into the roadway unsupervised the first time.
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