WI parents may face child neglect charges after toddler is left home alone during creepy clown prank

Posted at 10:54 AM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 12:56:10-04

MENASHA -- Two parents are facing possible child neglect charges after they left their child at home alone to participate in a creepy clown prank.

On October 7, Menasha police officers were dispatched to Appleton Road and Midway Road after receiving reports of people wearing clown masks and chasing after vehicles in the area. 

Officers located a 20 and a 29-year-old man who were involved in the incident. They also apprehended a 26-year-old woman who had been driving the two men around.

Over the course of the investigation it was discovered that the 29-year-old man and the 26-year-old woman left their 4-year-old child at home unattended while they were out participating in the prank.

It was determined that the child was left at home alone for a minimum of a few hours. As a result, the child was placed outside of the home by the Department of Human Services.

The parents have been referred to court on charges of child neglect. The female was also held in the Winnebago County Jail on a probation hold.