Atlanta police and a state agency are investigating an incident involving the chief judge of the Fulton County Juvenile Court after her daughter, 4, was found wandering the street shoeless and alone late one night. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Judge Nina Hickson’s child was picked up Nov. 29 while the judge ran an errand at the airport. The child was rescued by a passer-by. As a juvenile court judge since 1999, Hickson has presided over cases of neglect.
A police report said Hickson told an officer that she thought her daughter was asleep when she left the house to pick up luggage. The child wandered a half-mile down the street before she was seen by a passing limousine driver. “The juvenile stated that she was scared and walked out the front door,” said the report, which noted the child said no one was at home. “She [the judge] assumed the child was down for the rest of the night, and she took a chance,” said East Point, Ga., Sgt. Tony Mabry.