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Lakeland Woman Arrested for Child Neglect After 2 Year Old Was Found Wandering the Neighborhood


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On Monday, March 28, 2016, PCSO Special Victims detectives arrested 48-year-old Leslie Wulff of Lakeland and charged her with one count Negligent Child Abuse, one count Possession of Methamphetamine, and one count Possession of Paraphernalia, after a 2-year-old toddler she was supposed to be taking care of was found wandering the neighborhood.
According to the affidavit, a witness contacted PCSO around 4:00 p.m. that afternoon when she saw the baby, wearing only a soiled diaper, walking in the roadway outside her home. Due to his young age, the victim could not advise where he lived. It is estimated the toddler was wandering alone for approximately one hour before deputies were able to ascertain the house from which he came. That residence was occupied by Wulff, who came to the open door after multiple announcements by deputies. When she came to the door, she had slurred speech and was slightly incoherent. She told deputies that a friend of hers came over the night before and together they smoked Meth and drank wine. She said she didn’t sleep at all throughout the evening, but laid down for a nap with the baby around 3:00 p.m. that afternoon. She was unaware the baby left the residence, as she was still asleep until being awakened by the deputies at the front door. The child is not hers, but was left in her care. 
Deputies found Meth and a clear pipe with Meth residue in the home, and charged her accordingly. She has been booked into the Polk County Jail, and will have a first appearance hearing at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon. Her criminal history includes prior charges of child neglect, cocaine possession, DWLSR, and fraud.