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3 arrested after 2 toddlers were found wandering

The Columbia County Sheriff Office responded to the Mayfair Subdivision off SR 247 Monday morning, where a concerned citizen found two toddlers wandering unsupervised.

Deputies learned that Tony Petty had found the toddlers near the intersection of Pilots Way and Mayfair Lane at about 8:30 a.m.

Petty took them to his nearby home and talked with neighbors to attempt to locate the parents. After failing to locate their home, he called CCSO.

DCF was notified as deputies and personnel for the Sheriff's Office Citizen Service Unit began a door to door neighborhood canvas to locate the home where the toddlers came from. 

Around 10:30 a.m., a CSU volunteer found the home on Pilots Way about 300 yards from where the children were found.

Two DCF Child Protection Investigators arrived and began a joint investigation with the deputies. The investigation revealed the toddlers ages 2 and 1, had left the home while the four adults inside were asleep. 

As a result of the investigation, the mother, Rikki Allagood, 21 and the father, John Newhart, 19, and the grandmother Victoria Swezey, 38 were arrested for child neglect. 

Allagood and Swezey face additional charges of obstruction for false statements given during their interviews. 

Allagood, Newhart, and Swezey were booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility with no bond.

The couple is also facing charges after getting arrested for a seperate incident last week.

Allagood and Newhart are facing misdemeanor charges after police said they left two children in a closed car, ages three months and two years, in the heat while they shopped for groceries.

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