A motorist on Wednesday reported a toddler in dirty diapers walking or waddling on the side of the road in the Quartz area outside Jamestown, a deputy responded, and five juveniles were removed from a home due to “unsuitable living conditions,” Tuolumne County sheriff’s staff said.

A day later, the sheriff’s office said information about whether any adults have been held accountable was not available.

A motorist reported the toddler was at the junction of Dutch Mine Road and Jacksonville Road at 9:44 a.m. Wednesday and waited for law enforcement to respond.

A deputy arrived, took a report and investigated, and staff from county Child Welfare Services were called out.

“Five juveniles were removed from the home by CWS due to unsuitable living conditions,” Sgt. Andrea Benson with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. “The deputy is still investigating the case.”

Asked for the ages of the juveniles, what the living conditions were, and whether any adults were cited or arrested, Benson responded, “We do not have that information currently.”

Asked the same questions, an employee at Child Welfare Services said, “I don’t believe we can release that information due to confidentiality laws.”

Michelle Clark, a program manager with Tuolumne County CWS, said she couldn’t comment on any specifics or anything else about the incident “because all juvenile cases are confidential.”

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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