PHOENIX (FOX 10) - Two young children are now safe after both were found without their parents.
The first incident happened in Gilbert. The little girl was found wandering her neighborhood this morning. Gilbert Police say there were no signs of neglect but they are checking for other incidents with the family as a precaution; however, they believe she was able to sneak out without her parents knowing.
The second child was found wandering in front of a Phoenix Walmart, but no details have been released surrounding how he got there. Police say at 4:00 a.m. Sunday, a boy believed to be about 2-years-old and named Nate was found wandering in front of the Walmart near 35th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.
Police say there may have been a misunderstanding about who was responsible for the child that was found wandering at the Walmart. The woman who found the boy says that she never gets to work so early, but today she came in an hour early. That's when she saw the boy by the trees. She says her motherly instincts kicked in immediately. She says he had what appeared to be birthday cake all over him.
"I said, 'Baby, come here,' and he walked straight to me and held my legs and started crying," the woman said. "So I took him inside, cleaned him up and called the police. I hope he finds a good place and [his parents] show up because he's a little boy and he needs love."
Police are not disclosing if the boy's parents will be facing charges or what will happen to him because he was in custody for some time this morning.
DCS currently has the boy in their custody. Anyone who knows who this child may be or who his parents are, please contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151.