Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Larry R. Ashley

Discovery of Six Year Old Left Alone All Day Sparks Child Neglect Charge by OCSO

REDIKER ARREST REPORT

A six year old Crestview boy left alone while his caretaker worked said he would open the door for strangers, did not have anyone to play with, and watched movies on his laptop all day.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 26 year old Roseann Rediker of Crestview with child neglect.

A deputy found the six year old at the house Tuesday with no adults present. The child was interviewed by a Department of Children and Families investigator and said he used the oven to cook lunch, would chase his puppy down the street if he got loose, and that he was there alone workdays from before he woke up to nearly dark. When asked about safety plans, the youngster also said if there was a fire, he would get his dog out first, then open the garage door to go to a neighbors to call 9-1-1.

Investigators say the boy didn’t have access to any means of communication within the house to call for help if he needed it and that Redicker did not feel there was an issue leaving a six year old alone all day long several days a week while she went to work.

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