An alert dog got its owner's attention that a small child was outside by himself and in danger. The child had escaped from his house and was neck-deep in water by the time the dog's owner got to him. The child's grandmother was later arrested for endangering the child.
On Friday, April 05, 2013, at about 1:30 p.m., 23-year-old Kerri Cooper was in her apartment at the Rock Creek 185 apartment complex. Her dog was looking out the window and barking uncharacteristically. She went to the window and saw a small child walking by himself in the grass covered courtyard. She didn't know it at the time, but the child is only two-and-a-half years old.
Cooper saw that the child was headed for a large pond that is in the middle of the courtyard. She could not see anyone else around and decided to go outside. By the time she got to the child he was neck-deep in the pond. She pulled him out and took him to the office while calling 911 to report the found child. While deputies were responding, the grandmother of the child came to the office looking for the child.
Deputies contacted the grandmother, 58-year-old Rochelle Huegli, who lives in the complex. They learned that she was babysitting her grandson and had fallen asleep. They also determined that she had been consuming alcohol and was aware that the boy was able to open the door to the outside of the apartment. Huegli was arrested for Criminal Mistreatment I and Child Neglect II. The boy was turned over to his parents.