LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Police are investigating a woman for leaving her 6-year-old daughter with Down syndrome in their South 26th Street apartment for days.
Anna Johnson, the mother’s neighbor, could see Regina, the 6-year-old, in the apartment window last Thursday. The same night, Regina’s mother sent a text message to Johnson claiming she was boarding a Greyhound bus.
“Then I forgot about it,” Johnson said, assuming her neighbor was just lying so Johnson would not bother her.
Four days later, Johnson noticed her neighbor’s apartment door was cracked open.
"I was worried cause I hadn't heard from her,” she said. “I peaked inside and yelled for her. And her daughter Regina came running up to me and gave me a big hug."
Regina was alone, and had been for days based on the apartment’s conditions.
“It was very disturbing,” Johnson said. “Her hair matted with urine. And feces in her hair. And she had no clothes on from the waist down.”
“It was very sad,” she said. “I started crying.”
Johnson called the police and fed Regina. She was taken to Kosair to be checked over before being handed over to State Services.
“I’m surprised she didn’t eat anything and choke on it because of her disability,” Johnson said.
No charges have been filed against Regina’s mother, but police are investigating.