View Full Version : Toddler found alone wandering the streets of West Palm Beach
January 19th, 2009, 11:11 AM
West Palm Beach - The parents of a toddler found wandering alone along a busy roadway contacted police early this morning, some four hours after the child was spotted, Sun-Sentinel partner NewsChannel 5-WPTV is reporting.
According to the station, the 3-year-old boy, wearing only a t-shirt and diaper, was found outside along the 5400 block of N. Flagler Dr. by a condominium security guard who notified police.
Unable to learn the child's name or address, police took the youngster to St. Mary's Medical Center where state child welfare workers were notified. The youngster was reportedly in good health.
Shortly before 4:30 a.m. the toddler's parents called police saying they awoke to find their son missing from the family residence located close to wear the child was found, according to WPTV.
The youngster is in the custody of the Department of Children and Families as the investigation into what happened takes place, the station reported.
The names of the child or his parents were not released.
January 19th, 2009, 01:34 PM
Well, good thing the kid wasn't hurt or injured or stolen or any other horrible thing that can happen to an unattended toddler wandering the streets in the middle of the night.
January 19th, 2009, 02:45 PM
How the hell are these parents even able to sleep long enough to have their kid wandering the street? I have 3 kids, 10,8, and 1, the minute they open their eyes no matter what time of day or night they immediatly come and wake my ass up.
January 19th, 2009, 04:21 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if they passed out drunk and oblivious to him being missing or they knew he was gone and delayed calling so they could sleep....yeah, that shit wouldn't surprise me at all. I guess it is possible the slept as they thought he was sleeping and didn't check on him until they awoke...still that is odd. Even if my 16 month old sleeps in late, 7am is late for him, my 5 yr. old will follow soon and wake me up. By 7:30am, I would be up in any case because I'm used to being up early and would check immediately why the boys were not up yet....
I hope a thorough investigating is made before this child is placed back in this home.
January 20th, 2009, 12:18 AM
When my daughter was this age, this was one of my big fears. She was always up before the sun, and almost every time she would immediately come wake us - but every so often she'd slip off quietly by herself and I'd be awakened by some noise in another part of the house to come find her doing her own thing. Or when she did come wake me, I'd see evidence she'd already been up and about getting into things. She also mastered the front door locks easily and was happy to let herself out. I pushed a chair in front of the door at night until I got a chain lock installed out of reach at the very top of the door. She was also a road darter - couldn't let go of her for a second or she'd be sprinting for the street, lol. Made me realize why some people had leashes for their children - I could've used one. Crazy days, those, heh.
January 20th, 2009, 12:42 AM
when they get their baby back.. they might invest in a toddler gate.
January 20th, 2009, 12:57 AM
http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo35/Special2bme/Story-1.jpgWEST PALAM BEACH, FL -- Police investigators are questioning the parents of a 3-year-old boy, who was found walking along North Flagler Drive wearing a t-shirt and diaper.
The child was discovered about midnight by the security guard of a condominium on Flagler. He called police who tried to learn the child's name and address, but the youngster didn't speak with investigators. He was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center where he was in custody of Florida DCF.
His parents called police shortly before 4:30 a.m. saying they woke up to find their child missing from the family residence on 55th Street. It is unclear when the child will be returned to his family.
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