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Toddler found on tracks missed train by minutes

1:34 PM, Jun 20, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR- Rockwood) A Roane County couple is facing charges after their toddler was found wandering on train tracks in Rockwood.

Police say a witness says the two-year-old boy was on the tracks wearing nothing but a diaper. The witness grabbed the child just before a train came through and took him to a nearby Dollar General store, where the boy's mother, Rahab Jaramillo, took the child.

"We normally have trains running through our city every 10 to 20 minutes at speeds from 30 to 50 miles per hour. So that is a very scary thing," said Rockwood Police officer Jared Hall.

The witness then alerted police. Officers traced the child to a home on North Front Street, where the child's grandmother told police the child is often left with her, but she is on too many medications to properly watch him.

Police arrested the boy's parents, 30-year-old Jonathan Noah White and 24-year-old Jaramillo. They are charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect.

The Department of Children's Services said Wednesday night they are investigating the case, but the child is not in DCS custody.

The good Samaritan has chosen to remain anonymous, but Rockwood Police wanted to personally thank them.

"We're very fortunate that we had a good Samaritan step forward and rescue the child from the tracks. Rockwood is a tight-knit community and most folks tend to watch out for one another.  I don't think any of us would have recovered from that," said Officer Hall.

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