UPDATE: Grandmother allegedly left autistic teen at Greenwood County rest area Featured

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Oklahoma media outlets say a grandmother of a juvenile left at a Greenwood County rest area late last month was the woman arrested earlier this week on suspicion of child neglect in Oklahoma and child endangerment in Kansas.


News On 6 out of Tulsa says Janie Gill, 69, told a reporter she had been raising the 17-year-old autistic teenager during an interview from jail after her arrest Monday. She said she asked for help but received none. The nature of the help she requested has not been detailed.

Investigators say neighbors reported Gill locking the teen in his room when she left the house, but Gill denies that.

The case came to light early Nov. 29 when the boy was found near the US Highway 400 rest stop near Beaumont. Greenwood County deputies worked with counterparts in Rogers County, Okla., before the arrest was made.

Investigators now say the teenager was left with no money, medication or food, and the only way for him to stay warm was by staying in the bathroom. They also believe he had been at or near the rest area for around 24 hours before he was found.

The juvenile is currently in protective custody. Extradition proceedings are likely for Gill.

2:40 pm Tuesday: Oklahoma woman arrested on suspicion of child neglect, endangerment after juvenile found in Greenwood County

Greenwood County deputies are announcing the arrest of an Oklahoma woman after the recent discovery of a 17-year-old juvenile at a highway rest stop.

Sheriff Heath Samuels says Greenwood County deputies worked with counterparts in Rogers County, Okla., on a joint investigation after the juvenile was found Nov. 29. On Monday, 69-year-old Janie Gill, hometown currently not listed, was arrested on a Rogers County charge of child neglect.

Samuels says the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office has put a hold on Gill, pending the service of an arrest warrant, on suspicion of aggravated child endangerment and interference with law enforcement.

Authorities have not confirmed the relationship between Gill and the juvenile, an apparently nonverbal autistic male from Oklahoma that was found near the US Highway 400 rest area near Beaumont. The juvenile’s name has not been released.

Click here for KVOE News’ prior coverage of this story.

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