LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Shepherdsville mother has been arrested after police say her 4-year-old daughter tried to go to school by herself.

It happened on Wednesday, April 29, at 7 a.m.

Shepherdsville Police say they were sent to Northside Avenue, near N. Buckman Street, after a school bus driver asked them to check on a 4-year-old girl.

According to a police report, the bus driver told police that the 4-year-old got onto the bus that morning to go to school, but it was the wrong bus. When the bus driver asked her about it, she told the driver that she couldn't find her mommy or daddy -- that they were not home.

Police say they spoke with the girl and she told them that when she got up, she couldn't find her mother, so she got dressed, brushed her teeth and left the house in an attempt to get to school on her own.

She took police to her home, according to the arrest report, and let them in. While police were making her cereal, the girl's mother, Megan Papia, came downstairs from an upstairs apartment. Papia allegedly told police that she left her child alone the night before so she could go hang out with friends in the upstairs apartment, and ended up spending the night there.

Papia was arrested and charged with second degree criminal abuse of a child and endangering the welfare of a minor.

On Tuesday morning, she faced a judge and the criminal abuse charge was dropped, according to the Bullitt County Circuit Court Clerk's Office. The clerk's office says she was found guilty of the charge of endangering the welfare of a minor, and was sentenced to 180 days, but released on a two-year conditional discharge.


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