Reidsville man accused of leaving 2-year-old home alone

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REIDSVILLE, N.C. -- A Reidsville man faces a child neglect charge after a Rockingham County deputy said he left his 2-year-old daughter home alone.

A deputy had gone to the home of Bobby Wayne Garner, 25, around 9:15 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office. Garner was wanted on failure to appear in court on two outstanding warrants.

However, instead of Garner answering the door, the deputy said his 2-year-old daughter answered, the release said. The deputy then realized the toddler was the only person at home, the release said.

"I just can't imagine leaving a 2-year-old child unattended and alone where they could get hurt or hurt themselves, or somebody could come in there and hurt them," said Sheriff Sam Page.

Garner returned about five minutes later by coming through a wooded area, the release said. The deputy alleged Garner told him he had gone next door to call his boss and "had not been gone very long."

"What Dad was doing and what's going on with Dad was probably questionable," Page said.

The deputy said Garner also told him the girl's mother had gone to the beach with her family. However, deputies said the girl's mother was actually at work in Reidsville at the time of that conversation.

Neighbors said they weren't surprised by what happened.

"I thought he was a good fellow until I found him out," a neighbor said.

Child Protective Services returned the girl to the custody of her mother.

"I'm just glad the Lord led us to that location and that child was taken care of and was OK," Page said.

Garner was charged with misdemeanor child abuse and neglect and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer. He was also charged on the two outstanding warrants.

Garner was placed in the Rockingham County Jail under a $5,500 secured bond. His court date was scheduled for April 23.