ROCKWOOD, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Rahab Jaramillo and Jonathan White face aggravated child abuse and neglect charges after a Dollar General customer found their two-year-old son playing alone. He was on the railroad tracks by the store, wearing nothing but a diaper.
"I thought, 'Oh my goodness! A two-year-old on the train tracks. Was it hit by a train? Where was the parents?' I mean, it kind of makes me mad, but at the same time it makes me sad for the child," said Selena Davis, who is upset by what happened.
The tracks run directly behind the toddler's house and the Dollar General customer pulled him to safety just before a train came through. Shortly afterwards, his mom came looking for him and took him home.
Police said when they showed up to the house, the child's grandmother told them that Jaramillo and White always ask her to watch him, but that she's on too many medications and that he slipped away from her while his parents were upstairs.
Jaramillo told officers she knows her mother isn't fit to watch the child, but she had to get ready for work.
"I think the parents should have been watching him. I have a six-year-old and a three-year-old and they don't get out of my site. If they want to play outside by themselves, they're just out of luck. Somebody has to be there," said Davis.
Somebody usually is there, according to Harley Brandon, a neighbor who said Jaramillo and White are not bad parents.
"When they're outside, they've always got a grownup out here watching them. They're never out here by theirself, you know," said Brandon.
He said this was just a fluke and said he's grateful the child wasn't hit by a train.
Police referred the case to the Department of Children's Services.
Jaramillo and White are scheduled to appear in court on July 15.
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