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A grandfather and mother of a toddler are facing charges in Livingston County after deputies say the three-year-old was found wandering, and no one notified police she was gone.

The county’s 911 center received a call Saturday night at about 8:30 for a child on Garden Street in the Town of Lima. A deputy responded to the area and found the little girl walking on the road and near a driveway.

He went door-to-door attempting to find the child’s family.

About an hour after the 3-year-old was located, the deputy found the grandfather, 53-year-old Melvin Hotchkiss Jr. of Avon, walking on Garden Street. Deputies say Melvin provided a false name and date of birth because he believed there was a warrant out for his arrest.

The mother, 28-year-old Helen Hotchkiss of Avon, was located on the same street. She told deputies they were camping in the area and that the child walked away from a tent after being put to bed.

Deputies say she never called 911 for help, even when the child was missing.

She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and her father was charged with criminal impersonation. The girl was turned over to her father, who was not involved in the incident.

Livingston County Child Protective Services assisted and will remain involved with the family.

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