Sad story of child neglect — a three-year-old child picked up by a van for a daycare center, but overlooked and not dropped off. He spent most of the day, roughly nine hours, in the van. It was a cloudy, rainy, comparatively cool day most of the day, fortunately. Police Lt. Terry Hastings said the child was OK and checked out fine in a medical examination.
1. 2011- 91762 — ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A MINOR (1ST)
SUSPECT — ROBERT BRITTON, B/M, 08-05-1984, 7024 YARBERRY LANE
VICTIM — ELIJAH CANADY, B/M, 03-27-2008, 3812 PINE CONE DRIVE
INCIDENT DATE/TIME — 08-24-2011, 0700-1545 HOURS
INCIDENT LOCATION — 5616 PATTERON ROAD
ARREST DATE/TIME — 08-24-2011, 1415 HOURS
ARREST LOCATION — 3812 PINE CONE DRIVE
On August 24, 2011, Officers were called to 3812 Pine Cone Drive in reference to a missing child report. Upon Officers arrival contact was made with Victoria Canady, the mother of Elijah Canady. Ms. Canady advised Officers that around 0630 hours she put her son Elijah on the van that takes him to the Kids First Daycare Center. Ms. Canady advised that she signed the login sheet, which is required when a child gets on the van. Ms. Canady advised that at approximately 1530 hours she received a call from someone with the van service stating that they were bringing Elijah home. Ms. Canady became concerned because her son usually does not arrive home until around 1730-1800 hours. Ms. Canady contacted the daycare, where they checked their login sheet and showed that Elijah was never signed into the school on this date.
Officers arrived on the scene and made contact with Ms. Canady, at which time the van arrived with Elijah. Officers made contact with the driver, Elijah Easter and the van attendant Robert Britton. After it was determined that Elijah Canady had never arrived at the daycare on this date, Britton and Easter were taken into custody. Both subjects were transported to the Detective Division.
Easter advised he is the van driver and his responsibility is to stay on the van to make sure that the children and the van are safe. The attendant is responsible for getting in and out of the van to make sure they children are seated properly. This information was verified and Easter was released without charges at this time.
Britton advised it is his responsibility to monitor the kids and make sure they get on and off the van safely. He advised that he thought Elijah Canady had got off the van but it was determined later in the day when he and Easter went back to pickup the van that Elijah Canady was still on the van. Britton was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Minor (1st Degree) and transported to the Pulaski County Jail. Ms. Victoria Canady and Elijah Canady were transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital to have an exam performed.