20-month-old found in the road, mother arrested

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

LONGVIEW, TX - Driving along East Marshall Avenue, Officer Koepke with Longview police noticed traffic was backed up. As he got further down the road he saw cars had pulled over and a group of people had gathered on the side of the road. One of the motorists was holding a small child who was crying hysterically and wearing only a diaper.

The motorists told Koepke that they had seen the child and a dog crossing the road and stopped to help. The child was found to be 20 months old.

Using information from the dog's vaccination tag on his collar, officers contacted a local veterinarian who was able to tell the officers who the dog belonged to. Longview Animal Control Officers and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services were notified and the child was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center for a medical evaluation.

Longview Officers went to the home of the dog's owner in the 800 block of Stuckey and found through the dog's owner that a woman named Brittany Thornbrugh had been over earlier visiting. Thornbrugh did not live at the residence and the dog's owner had not been notified by Thornbrugh that she was going to leave any of her children at his residence. Through additional information and witnesses, investigating officers found that Thornbrugh had left her child in the yard of the dog's owner on Stuckey without providing reasonable and necessary care for the child.

Thornbrugh was notified that her child was at Good Shepherd Medical Center and when officers met with her at the hospital, she was arrested for abandoning/endangering a child (State jail felony). Thornbrugh was transported to the Gregg County Jail and her child was released to family members by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.