Watertown man arrested after police find 3-year-old boy wandering

 Photo courtesy of the Codington County Sheriff's Office
Photo courtesy of the Codington County Sheriff's Office (KSFY)
Published: May. 22, 2018 at 9:30 AM CDT
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A Watertown man is facing child abuse charges after a boy who police say was in the man's care was found wandering through a neighborhood.

Police received a report of a 3-year-old boy walking without supervision on Monday.

Officers found the boy and then canvassed the neighborhood in an attempt to find his guardian, but they were unable to find anyone who even recognized the boy. Child Protection Services took temporary custody of the child and gave him a medical checkup.

Police received tips that he may live at a specific home in the neighborhood. Officers checked the address. The only adult at the residence, 62-year-old David Martin, said he was not missing any children in his custody.

Investigators eventually identified the boy through social media and contacted his parents. The boy's family told police he should be in the custody of his grandfather - David Martin - the very man police had just interviewed.

Officers again interviewed Martin. This time, he told police he was the boy's grandfather, and he should have been in his custody.

Martin was arrested for abuse and neglect of a minor under age 7 and obstructing a law enforcement officer. Another child at the residence was taken into temporary custody of Children Protection Services.