North Vernon man arrested after toddler wanders off

An unaccompanied two-year-old led to the arrest of a North Vernon man. The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department says that at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to the area of Bending Willow Way and Wildwood in Country Squire Lakes after the child was found in the roadway. Upon deputies’ arrival, the child was located and officials from the Division of Family and Children were contacted to take custody of the toddler while deputies searched for the parents.

Deputies went knocking door to door seeking information about the child and might live. At approximately 11 a.m., Sheriff Kenny Freeman was able to make contact with an individual that knew where the child belonged.

Investigators determined that the boyfriend of the child’s mother was supposed to be watching the toddler when the child left through the back door. Also during the investigation, it was determined that the boyfriend, 30-year-old Eddie Swindall II, was in possession of prescription drugs that were not prescribed to him. Swindall is facing preliminary charges of:

– Possession of Controlled Substance – Level 6 Felony
– Neglect of a Dependent – Level 6 Felony
– Violation of Legend Drug- Level 6 Felony
– Possession of Paraphernalia – B Misdemeanor