Police: Toddler found outside at 3 a.m. had opened locked door

By: Brian Louwers | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 27, 2021

File photo by Deb Jacques

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EASTPOINTE — A toddler was safely reunited with his mother after he apparently unlocked the door of the family’s home and was found alone outside near 10 Mile Road and Hayes Avenue at 3 a.m. Aug. 26. 

“He just figured out a way to open up the front door, and he got out of the house while everyone was sleeping,” Eastpointe Public Safety Director George Rouhib said. 

Responding to a call to dispatch about the child, Eastpointe officers reportedly located the 3-year-old boy near 10 Mile and Valley Avenue wearing a T-shirt, a diaper and oversized rainbow-colored Crocs. He was taken to the Police Department, while investigators used social media to locate his family. 

Officers initially went door to door in the area in an attempt to locate the boy’s parents or guardians. Neighbors reportedly helped make the connection, and the child’s mother was alerted. 

“She came down and was interviewed. After the interview, one of our detectives and Child Protective Services went out to the house and made sure it was a safe environment, and it was,” Rouhib said. “Lesson learned. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen.”

Rouhib said the boy lives in the home with his mother, grandmother and two siblings. 

The child reportedly demonstrated for police how he managed to open the locked door.

 “We want to thank our social media followers and our local media for assisting us in this matter,” Eastpointe police said on the department’s Facebook page. “The child is safe back home with his family.”

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