Leslie Wulff, of Lakeland, was formerly married to the father of the boy and still lives with them, acting as a caregiver/mother figure to the toddler, according to reports. She faces charges of negligent child abuse, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Dorothea Dickinson, who lives about three doors down from Wulff, told deputies she saw the toddler in front of her home about 4 p.m. Monday, wearing only a soiled diaper.
She tried to find out where the 2-year-old came from by asking nearby neighbors but, after failing to locate his home, she decided to call the Sheriff’s Office.
Special victims detectives arrived and, a short time later, found his home — with the front door open, reports said. They estimate the toddler had been wandering alone for about an hour.
Deputies called out for someone several times and Wulff eventually responded — slightly incoherent, with slurred speech, reports said.
She told deputies she had taken one hit of methamphetamine the night before, after a friend pressured her into it, and drank “four sips of wine.”
Wulff said the child was in bed at the time that occurred, but that he woke up between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. like he always does, reports said.
She laid down with him for his nap about 3 p.m. and said they both fell asleep in her bedroom, the PCSO said.
She told deputies she locked her bedroom door, the front door with a latch-style lock that is out of the 2-year-old’s reach and a handle lock. She also said she secured the front fence in the driveway with a strap, reports said.
Wulff said she thinks her usage of methamphetamine and alcohol consumption the night before may have contributed to her sleeping through the 2-year-old wandering off, reports said.
After waking up to the sound of the deputies’ voices, Wulff said, she found cereal scattered all over the kitchen and dining room area, which the toddler must have done while she was sleeping, reports said.
While searching her home deputies say they found a clear pipe that tested positive for methamphetamine.
Wulff had her first court appearance hearing Tuesday during which Judge Robert Williams set her bail at $6,500, said Brian Haas, an assistant state attorney.