17-month-old found wandering down NC street

NEWTON, N.C. (WBTV) – Police in Newton are investigating after they say a toddler was found wandering down the street Thursday afternoon.

The child, a 17-month-old boy, was walking alone Main Avenue near 13th Street around 3:30 p.m. when he was spotted by Cheri Jones who was driving by. She tells WBTV she then stopped, along with another woman who saw the boy, and police were called.

“Had a big skin on his head, had a skin on his elbow. So he’s obviously not being watched because he could barely walk,” Jones said.

When officers arrived at the scene they talked to nearby residents who pointed them in the direction of the home they believed he was from.

Police told WBTV that when they went to the home they found the mother of the boy, who said she had been asleep and didn’t realize her son had gotten out of the home.

“She walked down here normally, she didn’t cry, she wasn’t upset, she wasn’t worried. All the mom said was she was sorry, it wasn’t her fault,” Jones said.

The baby was given back to his mother, a decision Jones doesn’t agree with.

“I didn’t think they should give him back to her. I hope that they step in before something happens to that baby,” Jones said.

No charges had been filed as of Thursday evening, but police say the Department of Social Services (DSS) is scheduled to follow up on the investigation Friday morning.

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