Clay County mother is charged after toddler is found wandering the streets

Sarah M. Stroud
Sarah M. Stroud

A Kansas City, North, woman whose 1-year-old son was found wandering in the street unattended was charged Monday in Clay County Circuit Court with child endangerment.

Prosecutors also accused Sarah M. Stroud, 21, of resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and assaulting a law enforcement officer in connection with the incident Saturday in the 1200 block of Northeast 44th Terrace.

According to court records, police investigating a report of an unattended child found wandering in the neighborhood went to the child’s residence and found the front door ajar.

They found Stroud in bed asleep and had trouble waking her. She initially told them to leave and said she didn’t care that the child was in the street.

Officers noticed what they believed was marijuana on a nearby nightstand. They tried to handcuff Stroud, but she pulled away and kicked an officer three times in the leg.

The cluttered house was infested with cockroaches, and parts of the ceiling and the floor had caved in. The water heater lacked proper ventilation. The refrigerator had rotting food inside.

The city fire marshal declared the house unfit for human occupancy.

Stroud later told investigators that she was homeless and only stayed at the residence for the weekend while the homeowners were away at the lake. Stroud said she had taken medication but it usually did not make her drowsy. She said she hadn’t slept most of the previous night because she had been driving around.

Stroud said she did not lock the front door but it didn’t matter because the boy could unlock it. She told the police the marijuana did not belong to her.

Glenn E. Rice: 816-234-4341, @GRicekcstar