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Girl found wandering on East Main Street

A 4-year-old child is in state custody after she was found wandering on East Main Street in Jonesborough around 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 21.
A motorist called 9-1-1 at approximately 2:20 a.m. last Wednesday to notify authorities of a small child sitting in a ditch on East Main Street near Timberidge Road. When Jonesborough police arrived, they found the little girl standing on a nearby bridge.
At the time she was found, the child was clothed, wearing shoes and a jacket, and carrying a blanket and doll. While the child knew her first name, she could not tell officers her last name and had no information regarding where she lived.
“All she would talk about was her pet dog,” said Lt. Randall Wines of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
After bringing the girl to the Jonesborough Police Department, officers began going door to door in search of her parents. Without any luck locating someone who knew the girl, police set up a roadblock at the bridge and began showing her photograph to drivers passing by.
“A neighbor of the girl identified her,” Wines said. “Officers showed him the picture and, at first, he didn’t recognize her. Then, as he drove away, he realized it was his neighbor’s child.”
The man led authorities to the Sycamore Drive residence of Jeannae Raley, 34, and William Lollar, 44. The house is approximately a half-mile from where the child was found.
When authorities arrived at the home, some seven hours after discovering the girl on the bridge, Raley reportedly had not yet realized her child was missing.
“They were concerned, but I wouldn’t say they were surprised,” Wines said of the couple. “They said she had done something similar before.”
Raley and Lollar, who reportedly is the woman’s live-in fiancé, were charged with aggravated child abuse, neglect and endangerment. They were arraigned in Washington County Sessions Court on Dec. 22.
Both Raley and Lollar were being held in the Washington County Detention Center.
Despite the adventure, the child was in “great shape” when she was found by police, Wines said.
The Department of Child Services responded to the Jonesborough Department of Public Safety when the child was found. She remains in state custody.