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Dads charged after toddler found in diaper outside, infant found on highway

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A Bartow County dad was arrested after a 2-year-old was found standing in a diaper near the entrance of an apartment complex Monday morning.

Javares Sylvester, 24, was arrested and charged with reckless conduct, according to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office. But it’s still unclear how the toddler ended up outside his home.

The investigation began around 10:45 a.m. when deputies responded to the apartment complex off of Iron Belt Rd in reference to a found toddler, Sheriff Clark Millsap said in a news release. A resident had found the diaper-clad toddler standing near the entrance of the apartment complex close to the road, Millsap said.

The neighbor picked up the toddler and called 91, he said.

Deputies and some residents went door to door for about an hour trying to locate the child’s family but were unsuccessful, Millsap said. Eventually the toddler was transported to the Bartow County Department of Family and Children Services by investigators, he said.

About 2 hours after receiving the initial call, the parents of the toddler showed up at DFCS asking about the girl.

After further investigation, deputies charged the dad who was in the Bartow County Jail Tuesday on $1,000 bond.

In northeast Georgia, another dad was arrested after his 1-year-old girl was found crawling along a highway, according to media reports.

A man driving along Highway 72 in Carlton called 911 after he spotted the girl and put her in his vehicle Friday, according to The Athens-Banner Herald.

Madison County sheriff's officials said the girl's father, 37-year-old Timothy Pickens, approached while deputies were investigating and was arrested after a scuffle.

The girl's mother told deputies she and her husband left the infant in the care of their other children, ages 13, 9 and 5. Authorities say charges could be filed against the girl's mother.

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