‘Can I get in the car?’: 3-year-old boy rescued from middle of street by couple after mom allegedly left him at park to teach him a ‘lesson’

Gabrielle Buckley mug shot

Gabrielle Buckley (left) in a Gwinnett County Jail mug shot, (right) a Gwinnett County police officer speaks with the child (bodycam video obtained by Law&Crime Network).

A Georgia husband and wife out driving on July 2 said they were stunned to see a 3-year-old running in the street by himself and in danger of being hit by a car after 10 p.m., so they stopped, rescued the boy, took him to a nearby gas station, and called 911. Now the child’s mother is accused of a crime for the way she allegedly tried to teach her son a “lesson.”

The Gwinnett County Police Department has alleged that Gabrielle Josephine Buckley, a 28-year-old from Decatur, recklessly left her son by himself at DeShong Park in Stone Mountain as a disciplinary tactic for being “unruly all day” and then did not call police to report her son missing for more than a half hour.

According to the police report obtained by Law&Crime, the defendant “advised that her son […] was missing since they could not find him,” but documents say that was because Michelle and Will Mosley had already rescued the 3-year-old.

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