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Police investigating toddler walking alone on Troy street
TROY - A man who asked CBS6 to withhold his name says he spotted a boy who appeared to be about 18 months old walking south on the east side of 2nd Avenue in Troy Wednesday evening at 4:50. He says he was heading north, sitting at a red light, saw the boy turn left onto 102nd St. then drove over to him and called 911. Police confirm the man's story and said as of 11:00 p.m. investigators were still looking into it with help from Child Protective Services. One officer said the boy did not walk far alone but did cross 2nd Avenue. Police were trying to find out how the boy escaped the notice of his guardians for more than half an hour.
The man who first saw the boy told CBS6 News a woman came up at the same time he approached the boy, picked him up and held him. He said the boy was barefoot wearing a t-shirt and diaper. He said police came about ten minutes later and looked for the boy's parents. According to Captain Jude Baker, when officers found the correct house, the people there said it could not be their child because theirs was in the back yard - a claim police promptly demonstrated to be false. He said he believed the boy had been in the care of relatives at the time he slipped away and not his parents.
One man who said he's the boy's uncle told CBS6 it was just an accident, but he would not elaborate.