Bail was set today for a 48-year-old South Side woman accused of leaving her 3-year-old granddaughter on a CTA bus for 30 minutes this week in the South Loop.
Police said Elaine Carla Overton of the 3600 block of South Rhodes
Avenue was charged with misdemeanor child endangerment and one count of felony
possession of a controlled substance after heroin was found in her
The child was not hurt in the incident, which ended
about 7:35 p.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of South State Street after someone
aboard the bus saw the toddler by herself, sleeping on a seat.
The person watched her for about nine blocks and told the
driver, who called police.
learned Overton had gotten off the bus with another female about 7 p.m., leaving
the girl aboard it without telling anyone.
Police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family
Services were called and the toddler was taken to the Central District
headquarters at 1718 S. State St. as authorities went to the child’s mother’s
home in the Bronzeville neighborhood.
An aunt was found who told police
the child’s mother was at Overton’s home on Rhodes searching for her
They finally found Overton, and in a pocket of her jeans
police found a small clear bag containing a white powdery substance suspected to