Toddler found in midtown Tulsa, reunited with parents

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 10/04/2013 12:22 pm Published: 10/04/2013 10:50 am

A two year old girl is home safe after she was found wandering along a busy street.

Around 8:30 a.m. Friday, police received reports of a child in her nightgown near 45th Street and Peoria Avenue.

Fortunately workers at a nearby carwash had seen her before, and helped police get her home.

“We see them all the time go by.”

Steve Hampers works at the car wash where he and other employees recognized the little girl as one they often see walking, but usually with her grandma, he says, not alone alongside four lanes of traffic.

“This is Peoria,” Hamper said. “I see adults almost get hit out there.”

She wasn’t wearing shoes, only a pink and green nightgown with her curly hair in a bun when we found her sitting in a police squad car.

The energetic little girl was completely unaware of what could have happened.

“My concern is a kid out walking around could disappear very easily,” TPD Officer Troy Kiner said. “That’s my biggest concern and we reiterated that to [the family], so I think that kind of soaked in a bit.”

FOX23 was there as officers returned the girl home to her mother and grandmother who police say were “shocked, and crying, and upset as obviously any parent would be.”

According to police, they said the girl has trouble sleeping, and although they’d put a chair in front of the door to keep her from opening it, she was still able to escape without her family even knowing.

“You have to take those kinds of precautions as a parent because you never know what they’re going to do at that age,” Officer Kiner said. “Their mental ability hasn’t been developed quite all the way; she barely knew where she lived.”

We checked with police, but they do not keep track of the number of children found wandering. However, they say it does happen, and anytime it does, it’s one time too many.

Police told us both Chloe’s mom and grandma were asleep when they showed up, but off camera, Chloe’s mom told FOX23 she’d taken another child to school around 8:00 a.m., and at that time, she says Chloe was still sound asleep.

Police say the family won’t face any charges. They tell us this incident will be documented and if it happens again, DHS will get involved.

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Unwashed Mass - 10/5/2013 11:37 AM
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The picture of the kid in the front seat of the police car is cute, but if we were to do that we would be pulled over. Do as I say and not as I do.

t town253 - 10/4/2013 1:43 PM
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Im sorry but this bothers me to no end. The child has sleeping problems so you put a chair in front of door so she cant get out....but yet...if there is an emergency.....she is screwed!! There has to be other means of protecting this little girl because obviously this method doesnt work nor is it safe. Baby gates, sleeping in the same room....chains on front/back door....come on!! THINK!!!!!

Mayor Maynot - 10/4/2013 1:24 PM
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It truly takes a village. Thanks to these two great village members for keeping it a great village.

Mayor Maynot - 10/4/2013 12:04 PM
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Rise and shine time to get up and feed Th.... dang Yep those cool fall nights leave the door open put a fan in front of the screen great way to save a little on your electric air out the house some. Hope you get your tumbleweed in your corral soon.

Unwashed Mass - 10/4/2013 12:01 PM
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"A call about a missing toddler went out at 9:26 a.m. The girl was then found at 45th and Peoria. Police are using a photo to try and find the girl's parents." Umm, try Caller ID?

t town253 - 10/4/2013 11:18 AM
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OMG parents......seriously!!!!!
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