Robyn Perras, Donald Ray Perras charged with child abuse
A Thomasville couple was charged with child abuse after citizens found a 4-year-old girl walking alone on the road.
According to a Thomasville Police Department press release, reports of a juvenile girl walking by herself on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near Pineywood Road came in on Dec. 14 at approximately 1:43 p.m. Three citizens called 911 after finding the juvenile alone.
Following an investigation, police charged Robyn Renee Perras, 36, and Donald Ray Perras, 41, both of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, with misdemeanor child abuse for creating and allowing a substantial risk of physical injury.
“They were babysitters,” said Detective Jamie Foley. “Some good samaritans saw the girl walking down MLK toward Pineywood. They stopped, saw there was no adult with her and called 911. She was fine and we released her to her mother, who was very upset.”
According to the release, the girl’s mother dropped the child off with the Perras early that morning to go to a doctor’s appointment. Foley said Robyn Perras left the child with her husband, who was on heavy medication. With Donald Perras asleep, the girl got dressed and walked out of the unlocked apartment.
“When we got there the girl said she was walking home,” Foley said. “The child lives in High Point. Interstate 85 is right there and she knew that took her home. She had shoes, clothes and a jacket on. [Robyn Perras] left the apartment knowing her husband was on heavy medication. [The girl] could’ve been hit by a car, she could’ve been picked up or taken by anybody and that’s the risk that goes with that charge.’
Foley said the girl had been gone for about 45 minutes and walked from the Doak Apartments on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Donald and Robyn Perras are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 30.