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Mother faces charges after child found wandering street

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Mother faces charges after child found wandering street

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Apr 14, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A northeast valley neighborhood went on alert after they found a five-year-old special needs child, whose mother didn't know she was missing.

According to the arrest report, when police finally made contact with Nicole Varain at about 7:15 p.m., she told them her daughter had only been gone for about half an hour.

But neighbors first spotted the child riding her bike near busy entrance gates at about 2:30 that afternoon, and mounted a frantic search.

They said Varain's daughter was barefoot, dehydrated and hungry. Worse, according to the arrest report, she couldn't speak.

Neighbor Jocelyn Gonzales said, "She had a disability. If it was like another little girl, she could like tell us where she lived, but she didn't know anything."

Varain was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on a charge of child endangerment.

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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.