Cleveland couple accused of giving away toddler –

CLEVELAND | A couple tried to give their 2-year-old daughter to a neighbor, saying they were going to drug rehab, and then kept giving excuses for dumping the child, police said Friday.

Officers received an anonymous tip Thursday that Gavin Aldridge and Courtney Followay had given away their daughter.

The neighbor told police that he had cared for the girl for at least 10 days. He said the parents didn’t go to rehab and, after a week, gave other excuses for leaving the child.

Police say the girl was treated at a hospital for scrapes and an eye infection and was released to her grandmother.

Aldridge and Followay were jailed overnight and released pending an investigation.

The Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services agency received a tip on Sept. 8 about possible neglect involving the child and tried to contact the parents more than 13 times, making phone calls and visits to several home locations, agency spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan said. She said the parents were determined to duck the social workers.

Posted on Fri, Oct. 28, 2011 11:09 PM

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