A Janesville woman charged with child abuse last year now faces a new charge of child neglect.
The new charge arose from a report of a 2-year-old wearing only a diaper and T-shirt wandering alone on North Washington Street, according to a criminal complaint.
A woman told Janesville police she found the boy on her porch and didn’t know who he was.
Police said the boy’s face and T-shirt were dirty, and he had a puppy with him, according to the complaint.
The boy could not tell officers his name, the names of any family member or where he lived, according to the complaint.
Officers went door to door, and one resident told them she had seen a small boy about 15 minutes earlier at Ravine and Washington streets chasing a small dog.
Officers eventually found the boy’s home, 337 N. Terrace St., and the parents were inside. They had not been monitoring the child and did not see him leave, according to the complaint.
Sgt. Robert Perkins told The Gazette that the parents didn’t know the boy was gone.
He was gone about 30 minutes, Perkins said.
The mother, Rachel M. Calhoun, 24, faces charges of party to neglecting a child under age 6 with no harm to the child and bail jumping.
As of Thursday, no charges had been filed against the father.
Calhoun was sentenced in May for a 2017 incident in which she was accused of grabbing a child by the neck, causing bruising, and throwing a second child onto a bed. The child bounced onto the floor, hitting his head, police reported.
At her sentencing May 17, Calhoun pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct, and two child-abuse charges were held open, according to online court records.
Judge John Wood sentenced her to two years of probation.
In such hold-open agreements, the defendant must complete probation successfully or face sentencing on the held-open charges, so Calhoun could face a prison term based on the previous case and/or the new one.
In court Thursday, Calhoun was ordered to have no contact with her children unless permitted by Rock County Child Protective Services.