Kid left at daycare 22 hours, mom arrested

Natalie Jo Lawson. Photo Source: Gibson County Prosecutor
Natalie Jo Lawson. Photo Source: Gibson County Prosecutor

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GIBSON COUNTY, IN (WFIE) - A Gibson County woman's arrested after police say she left her child at a daycare for 22 hours.

Police arrested 30-year-old Natalie Lawson after Lawson's mother contacted them, concerned about her daughter and the child.

Police say Lawson's mother flagged down Deputy Marshal Jason Wright late Thursday night saying she was concerned that her daughter had not picked up the 2-year-old child from Toyota's daycare.

Wright and Town Marshal Roger Lester went to Lawson's Main St. home to investigate.

They say they found Lawson standing in the living, acting nervous. She told them she couldn't sit still and hadn't slept in two days.

Police say she told them she had a meth pipe in the bathroom.

Officers say Lawson's phone contained messages from Toyota daycare asking why she had not picked up her child.

The toddler was placed in the custody of a grandmother by the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Lawson faces preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent.

She is in the Gibson County jail on a $2,150 cash bond.

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