Police investigate after toddler found wandering in road

Posted at 2:37 PM, Aug 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-05 19:35:03-04

Temple police are investigating after a toddler was found on Tuesday walking in the middle of a busy road. 

Police said just before 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, they were dispatched to the intersection of Pullman Place and S. 5th St. after getting a call about an abandoned child.
The 2-year-old girl was only wearing a diaper and had almost been hit by other cars.

One driver picked up the child and waited for police across from the Lion's Junction Water Park.

At 9:47 a.m. a car pulled into the intersection and identified herself as the child’s mother. She said her husband forgot to lock the door when he went to work. She went to the bathroom for a few minutes and when she came out, she saw her daughter was gone. 

Her and a babysitter were driving around looking for the toddler when they saw the sirens. 

"At least put some additional locking mechanisms up high where their child cant reach," Temple officer Shawana Neely said. "Make sure they know where their kids are at at all times. And at least some alarms or some bells or something on the door to alert them if the child does get out."

The case is currently active and a report was made to Child Protective Services.

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