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Missing Tampa boy's mom arrested on neglect charges

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 02:59 PM

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TAMPA -

The mother of an 8-year-old boy reported missing early this morning was arrested on child neglect charges.

Tampa police issued a missing child alert early this morning, saying the boy was last seen by his mother, Tylanda Anderson, at 6 p.m. Saturday. She called police after midnight, saying he "did not come home from playing outside."

Police canvassed the neighborhood but could not find the child. Still, they said they were hopeful the boy was sleeping over somewhere, which he was. Police announced shortly after 7 a.m. the boy had been found at a neighbor's apartment.

During the investigation, police interviewed witnesses who said Anderson, 24, seldom keeps track of her four children, who are between 2 and 8; witnesses told police the children are always out after dark, sometimes until after 11 p.m.

Inside Anderson's home, at 1312 W. Main St., Apt. B, police found roaches everywhere, no clean clothes and dirty diapers scattered on the floor. There weren't enough beds for all four kids, according to an arrest report.

Anderson was charged with four counts of child neglect, a third-degree felony, and remained jailed Sunday afternoon, with bail set at $8,000.

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