Toddler found wandering in street; police are trying to locate parents

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Police are looking for the parents of a 2-year-old boy found Tuesday morning wandering in a northeast Kansas City neighborhood.

Around 11 a.m. Tuesday, police were called to the area of St. John and White after the child nearly ran into an intersection less than a block away from his house.

Family friends said the person who was watching the boy fell asleep. During that time, the 2-year-old unlocked the front door and walked out.

"He's a very smart kid, very smart kid which is why he could open all the doors and which why we're in this situation," family friend Tanner Kremeier said.

A group of construction workers from Blue Springs noticed him near the intersection.

"We came around the corner, he was running with a dog about ready to go out on this busy street and the dog saw us and turned and ran the other way," Drew Shippy said.

For 20 minutes, the workers knocked on doors up and down the block trying to find the boy's mother.

"We just couldn't leave him out here it's a busy street," Shippy said.

They called police.

A neighbor, Meredith Toles, recognized the child and pointed officers to a home in the area. She sat with him in the police car as officers tried to locate the child’s parents.

Officers kept him busy with their binoculars and a stuffed animal.

"He was just really cold--really cold--his ears were cold, his hands were cold, his face was cold," Toles said.

Authorities did talk with another person who was in the house but said that person was not responsible for the child.

With the boy safe, friends and neighbors are appreciative of the construction workers' quick thinking.

"[We’re] very grateful that they found him. Something very bad could have happen to a little boy being two," Kremeier said.

Police said the child is in good condition and it didn't appear there were any signs of neglect.

The boy is now in the custody of the Division of Family Services until they find his mother.

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