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Police take in barefoot, wandering toddlers

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published February 8, 2016


Two children were taken off the street and into police custody recently.

Deputy Chief Nick Loussia said police received a report around 12:15 p.m. Feb. 7 that two children were found walking in the street in the 21000 block of Westover Avenue.

When police arrived, Loussia said the children, an approximately 1-year-old and a 3-year-old were found outside and weren’t dressed appropriately.

“They weren’t dressed for the weather, and one was barefoot,” Loussia said.

Temperatures Feb. 7 were in the 40s, according to the National Weather Service.

Loussia said police determined that the children lived in a home nearby and went to that location.

“Officers found an open door and continued their investigation. The father of the children advised officers he had fallen asleep and didn’t know the kids had left the house,” Loussia said.

Officers brought the children to the police station and contacted Child Protective Services, Loussia said. CPS then released the children to their mother later that afternoon.

Loussia said the children were not injured and did not require any medical attention.

Police are unsure of how long the children were outside, but Loussia estimated they were not in the cold for long.

“We don’t know how long they were outside, but we don’t believe it was for an extended period of time,” he said.

The incident is still under investigation, Loussia said, and the prosecutor’s office will determine if the father of the children will face any criminal charges based on the facts of the investigation.