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Police: Parents arrested after giving away toddler

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 9:11 AM EDT, Fri October 28, 2011
Courtney Followay and Gavin Aldridge are accused of child endangering, obstructing official business and animal cruelty.
Courtney Followay and Gavin Aldridge are accused of child endangering, obstructing official business and animal cruelty.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police say the baby was given away 10 days earlier
  • She had bug bites and her eyes were crusted shut, police say
  • The child is now in her grandmother's custody

Editor's note: Read more about this story from CNN affiliate WJW.

(CNN) -- A Cleveland couple faces child endangerment charges after giving away their neglected 2-year-old girl, authorities said.

The parents were arrested Thursday after authorities learned that they gave away the toddler 10 days earlier, according to Cleveland police reports.

Police got a tip Thursday and went to the parents' home, where they found an emaciated pit bull and fecal matter. The child was nowhere to be found, police said.

Officers learned the suspects had given the child away to friends in their neighborhood, who said they agreed to take custody of her if the couple agreed to get help for their alleged drug addiction, according to police reports.

The parents, Courtney Followay, 23, and Gavin Aldridge, 24, face charges of child endangering, obstructing official business and cruelty to animals.

When the child was given away, she had bug bites and her eyes were crusted shut, police reports said.

Officers gave the child to her maternal grandmother after she was taken to a hospital.

"I can't imagine what this child was thinking about or going through at the time," the grandmother, Theresa Cox, told CNN affiliate WJW. "That's what concerns me the most is what she went through and why she should have to go through that."

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