A toddler found walking the streets near a busy intersection in South Los Angeles early Thursday has been reunited with his mother.
The 2-year-old boy, who is named Caydence, was found at 98th Street and Figueroa Street in Vermont Vista at around 2:30 a.m, Los Angeles Police Department said. He was barefoot and wearing pajama bottoms and a t-shirt.
The child's mother, who cops found wandering the streets in search of her boy, arrived at the police station just before 4:30 a.m. After an interview with officers, the incident was deemed an accident.
Family members said the boy had fallen asleep in the living room, and when he woke up alone had left the home to look for his mother.
"When he woke up he didn't see his mother so he just opened the door. He's learned how to open the barred door and I guess he went looking for her," his grandfather Craig Gregory said. "He ended up down the street a few houses down... He didn't really go far."
Gregory resides across the street from the family and said the boy might have gone looking for him. He says the family will now be looking into installing safety locks at the child's home.
Police interviewed the mother, and determined there was no criminal misconduct.
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"We are confident this was more of an accident," said Sgt. Tim Jones, of the Los Angeles Police Department.