Wandering toddler reunited with parents
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A toddler found wandering alone in the street has been reunited with her family.
Thanks to a Good Samaritan taking action after finding the one-and-half-year-old wandering the 2800 block of Northwest First Court at around 10:15 a.m., Friday, the little girl was back in the arms of her father. Ashley Dorelus found the toddler. "Came outside, I just wanted to take my dog outside, and there was a little baby standing in front of my yard, so I asked her what was wrong, and she just kept saying, 'Mommy,' so I asked, 'What's your name?' and she kept saying, 'Mommy.'"
Broward Sheriff's Office deputies quickly started a search looking for the little girl's relatives, as they took care of the child at the Pompano Beach substation.
Deputies went door-to-door, before getting the call they were hoping for, after a six-hour search. It would turn out that that morning, the little girl had toddled hundreds of yards from the home where her grandmother was supposed to be watching her. As many as four adults were oblivious to her wandering off after her father dropped her off at the house at around 8:45 a.m.
The father went to the ChildNet office in Plantation to pick up his daughter, late Friday afternoon. After the child gave the deputy who was watching her a peck on the cheek, the father left with the baby without comment expect to nod in the affirmative to questions whether the child was OK.
As for the babysitter who dropped the ball, the investigation continues.
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