Toddler Back With Family After Found Wandering Streets Alone

DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – A two-year-old boy is back with his family after Dallas police say a Good Samaritan found him wandering down a street at two o’clock Wednesday morning.

“I thought it was a dog or cat just running ‘cause I just saw the little feet sprinting across the parking lot,” recalled Brian Paul.  “He was a little bitty guy.”

Paul told CBS 11 News he turned around and found the boy trying to open the door to the Cost Plus convenience store.

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“He was asking for his momma. So, I asked him, ‘Where is your momma?’ He was pointing to the store.  But like I said, the store was closed.”

Paul says he dialed 911 and waited with the boy in the 40-degree temperatures. “As that cold hit him, he was trying to get warm. So I had a big jacket, wrapped him up,” said Paul.  “By that time he was just shaking and crying, asking for his momma.”

Dallas police say they searched the area, but couldn’t find any sign of the boys’ parents. Five hours later, Child Protective Services reports, his mother woke up, noticed her child missing, and called police.

Paul said he could only imagine how this story would have ended, if he hadn’t been paying attention. “I’m just glad I was at the right place at the right time.”

Police turned the child over to CPS, who has since placed the boy with his grandmother. CPS reports they’ve also removed two other children from the home.

A CPS spokesperson told CBS 11 this is not the first time the agency has investigated the family.

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