The mother of a toddler found wandering alone in California on Sunday came forward to claim daughter after the little girl walked away unnoticed while under a babysitter’s care.
ABC7 reports that authorities found the little girl wandering around alone in Van Nuys after a resident close to Hazeltine Avenue and Hamlin Street spotted the toddler at around 9:45 p.m. Authorities arrived and took the little girl to the police station. When asked where she was from, the toddler said “far away.” Officers reported that the child was in “really good spirits.”
“She was shy at first,” Sgt. Ron Fisher of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys Station told the Daily News. “But after playing in a special room for children at the police station, she’s in really good spirits.”
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Officers drove the toddler around nearby neighborhoods, hoping she could spot her home, but after about an hour and a half, they didn’t have any luck. Shortly after, they released the child to the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
At around 6 a.m. on Monday morning, a friend of the toddler’s mother called the police after seeing the little girl on the news. Apparently, the mother had been working an overnight shift and left her little girl in the care of a babysitter. The babysitted was supposed to watch the little girl and her two siblings until the mother returned from work, but the little girl slipped away from the babysitter’s home unnoticed.
Police stated that it appears that no crime was involved. The worried mom reunited with her toddler and appeared relieved. However, LAPD Officer Irma Mota said that case remains under investigation.
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