Mom charged with neglect after small child walks to McDonald's shoeless, hungry and alone

Jeff Bobo • Apr 19, 2018 at 9:46 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County woman was charged with child neglect and disorderly conduct Saturday evening after her 5-year-old son was found shoeless, hungry and “filthy” at the Church Hill McDonald’s.

Shortly 6 p.m., Church Hill Police Department Officer Daniel Byington responded to the restaurant at the intersection of Highway 11-W and Silver Lake Road on a report that a small child had walked into the restaurant with no shoes and no guardian.

Byington asked the boy where his parents were, and the boy replied that they were home and pointed toward the Stony Brook Apartment complex on Stroupe Court behind the nearby Food City.

“I then asked why he had walked to McDonald’s, and he stated that he was hungry, and his sister was too,” Byington said. “The child was covered in dirt, didn’t have any shoes protecting his feet, and had walked across a business parking lot at approximately 6 p.m.”

Byington then took the child home, where he met the child’s mother, Reva Ann Fisher, 33, 730 Stroupe Court, Apt. 227.

When Byington arrived with the boy, Fisher allegedly came outside and “started screaming and using vulgar language toward the small child.”

Byington said he asked Fisher several times to stop screaming and using vulgar language toward the child, but she didn’t stop.

When asked if she knew where her son had been, Fisher replied that she didn’t know.

She was arrested and arraigned Monday in Sessions Court on the child neglect and disorderly conduct charges. Fisher was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $1,000 bond Tuesday and will be back in court on April 30.

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