Child in Diapers Found Wandering Streets: Police

By Steven Luke and Sarah Grieco
|  Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012  |  Updated 5:13 PM PDT
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Child in Diapers Found Wandering Streets: Police

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An officer led the child to a police car in order to take him to the Polinsky Center.

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A little boy was found wandering the streets of Pacific Beach in his diaper, according to police.

Police officers pick up the boy and took him to Child Protective Services. The age of the boy is unknown.

People in the Pacific Beach neighborhood said they first spotted him walking out of an apartment barefoot with keys in his hand and next thing they knew - he was gone.

Police were eventually called to the area after a man grabbed the kid as he was running across the road.

“Just saw a little kid running down the road and the cops were falling behind the kid, they were just following the kid everywhere trying to find his parents and still didn't find him. They were here for about an hour walking around and nothing,” said neighbor Ryen Jimenez.

Police say they were unable to locate the mom, so the child was taken to the Polinsky Center and then about an hour later the mother called in and the connection was confirmed.

One man says he was there when the mother started calling for her kid about two hours after he first saw the child.

“To get out and wasn't supervised in that it took two hours for her to realize her kid was gone,” said neighbor Wayne Luneau. “It looked like she was sleeping because her hair was all matted ... then she started crying.”

Police say the child was well into the intake process at Polinsky and the mom was referred there for follow-up. 

Child Protective Services will work with her to get the services that will assist her in getting the child returned.

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