|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.