Toddler found wandering alone in Trader's Village parking lot

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by Michelle Homer / KHOU.com

khou.com

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 11:46 AM

HOUSTON – A man and woman claiming to be the parents of a toddler found wandering around a Houston flea market Sunday called CPS Monday evening.

The couple will be thoroughly investigated before CPS makes a decision on whether to return the child to them. In the meantime, they have turned the toddler over to his paternal grandparents.

The little boy is believed to be about 18 months old.

He was walking around the parking lot of the Traders Village Flea Market in the 7900 block of North Eldridge Road around 5:30 p.m.

Someone noticed him and picked him up just in the nick of time.

"This passerby says he almost got hit by a vehicle," said CPS spokesperson Estella Olguin. "And they took him to the main office and they tried paging parents or anyone who this child belongs to for about two hours." 

By 10 p.m., no one had reported him missing, so the child was turned over to CPS.

"You know, even though he appeared perfectly dressed, appeared in perfectly good health, you know he’s scared and upset," Olguin said. "And we just want to get him home. We just want to get him where he belongs." 

CPS will look into why the toddler was never reported missing before deciding whether he should be returned to his parents.

"We've seen cases where toddlers get out of the house unnoticed," Olquin said. "They can reach door knobs,they can get out, but usually someone will notice them missing after a while."

Olquin added that it may be a case of miscommunication where one parent thinks the other took him.

If you have any information about the case, please call 281-847-4172.

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