Grandmother charged after autistic teen left at Kansas rest stop

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Janie Gill (left) and teen found near rest stop Janie Gill (left) and teen found near rest stop
EUREKA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Prosecutors have charged a 68-year-old Oklahoma woman accused of leaving her autistic grandson at a southeast Kansas rest stop last month.

Janie Gill is charged with child endangerment and interference with law enforcement in Greenwood County, Kansas. She also faces a charge of child neglect in Rogers County, Oklahoma.

A custodian found the 17-year-old boy Nov. 29 at a rest stop near Beaumont, Kansas. He had no identification and couldn't speak.

The Greenwood County Sheriff's Office later learned his identity and that he was from Oklahoma. He remains in protective custody.

Gill denied abandoning the teenager, KVOE reports. She has said the boy's parents died of drug abuse and she requested unspecified help caring for the teenager but received none.

However, Gill told deputies following her arrest that she left him at the rest stop because she knew someone would find him and give him the services and care he needs.

Court proceedings in Oklahoma will determine when Gill will go to Eureka for proceedings, according to Greenwood County District Court.

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Arrest documents reveal a neighbor told investigators Gill would lock her grandson inside a room overnight and when she went to work. When deputies served a search warrant at her home, they found the room with "deadbolt locking device." According to records, the deadbolt "had a key on the outside of the door, restricting movement to just inside the bedroom and bathroom."

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