Mother of wandering Kansas City toddler found in Indiana

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MADISON COUNTY – The mother of a Kansas City boy spotted wandering on the road has been found in Madison County serving time for an attempted robbery.

22-year-old Jessica Scott was sentenced last week after she pleaded guilty to trying to rob a man.

Kansas City authorities have been looking for her after finding her three-year-old son, “A.J”, wandering away from his house and straight towards an interstate.

“It’s very depressing and it’s sadly not a very unique situation,” said Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings.

He said Scott worked as a stripper under the alias “Jo-Jo” at an Anderson strip club. Last June, she lured a man into her blue minivan and then drove him to the parking lot of a bar. Court documents reveal her husband was hiding in the back of the van the entire time, and jumped out to attack the victim, “by placing the seatbelt around his neck and choking him with it…” while he tried to grab the victim’s wallet.

The victim was able to get away and called police.

“She pleaded guilty and accepted responsibility for everything she was accused of,” said Cummings.

Now her husband is behind bars while she will serve three years of home detention and four years of probation.

Her son is in state custody.

“It’s very troubling,” said Cummings. “I mean, you see kids going through difficult circumstances like that and it’s not surprising that so many of those kinda children end up in the system.”

A custody hearing was held in Kansas City, Friday, and Scott was awarded supervised visits with her son.