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Home Alone: Police Say 6-Year-Old Boy Left To Fend For Himself

The child's mother, whom police could not reach by cell phone for two hours, was charged with leaving her frightened son alone.

Neighbors who saw a small, crying boy wandering into and out of a Madison Street apartment building called the law and led the cops to collaring the kid's mom on a charge of endangering the life or health of a child, said.

Grace Lucio, 27, of 206 Madison St., was taken into custody after officers finally got a hold of her by phone and convinced her to come down to the police station.

The neighbors first alerted the police about noon Tuesday and told them about the distressed child. Officers arrived and knocked on the door of an apartment neighbors saw the boy enter. The officers reportedly found the child alone inside.

The boy had celebrated his sixth birthday just two days prior. The police said they located a note from his mother telling him there was a sandwich and chips in the refrigerator, that he should play or watch television, and that she would be home later.

Officers called Lucio repeatedly over the course of about two hours, police said, and left her voicemail messages.

When Lucio finally called back, she agreed to go to the station, police said. She was arrested and the state's Department of Children and Family Services was called in to investigate the matter.

Lucio was released on her own recognizance.

The police did not say where Lucio went when she left her son alone.

Mzsophisticated1 July 22, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I am taking care of my kids alone but I would never leave mine alone. Mine can be left alone for a couple of hours he is a teenager but the key thing is there is so much going on in this world. I don't trust him being alone at all. But she should ary least tried to find a babysitter the poor child can't take care hisself she knew better than that. If she didn't want him she should have gave him to someone who would have taken better care of him.
Flora Dora July 22, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I hope this helps her understand her responsibility to her little boy.
John Roberts July 23, 2012 at 02:41 PM
It is sad but it's all in the mind set,today's world bans it, history tells us kids were left to farm fields,raise cattle,and care for younger siblings..We as a society have sheltered our kids into a routine,but watch the documentary "which way home" kids 8 & 9 hoping on a train riding on top of it for day's hopping from train to train crossing the boarder into the U.S.....At 6 kids were already working in the fields plowing with a horse that he hitched up himself...Kids in the city today are not raised to take care of them selves, my kids started to do dishes,laundry,cook & clean at 6 being told you should be proud we are trusting you to wash the dishes we put into our mouths and that we tought you your family can get sick in an unclean environment....My 17 year old daughter was the ONLY kid in her Joliet Central class to raise her hand when the class was asked how many kids do dishes,laundry,cook....Her teacher called me to tell me this...not my daughter...
MM July 23, 2012 at 08:37 PM
I had a couple of neighbors whom not only left their 5 year old to fend for himself most nights, their kitchen caught fire after he cooked eggs or bacon on the stove!! The couple would also take him with them to their favorite watering hole and leave him in the van while they partied. The police and fire personnel would be at their home nearly every week for some problem or another, and their boy was at our house a lot, playing with my boys and basically feeling safer at our house than at his own. That was sad.
brownsuga July 26, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Some women are just nuts, they will go to a boyfriends house or gambling at the casino or going grocery shopping. Taking out the garbage or running out to the car is that ok to do. Your life can change forever in a blink of an eye.

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