2-year-old boy found wandering streets in Bell is back with family
A 2-year-old toddler has been reunited with his family after he was found wandering alone in the streets of Bell early Tuesday morning.
The boy's mother, grandmother and uncle rushed to the Bell police station around 6:15 a.m. The mother was sobbing and begging to see her son.
They said the boy's name is Daniel and that he is 2 years old.
The family told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that they had a celebration Monday night to welcome the grandmother from Mexico.
They said they went to bed late and had no idea that the boy had unlocked the door, opened it and gone outside all by himself.
A good Samaritan found him around 3 a.m. in the 6700 block of Chanslor Avenue and contacted police.
"I came home from work and I saw a little boy standing here crying," said the man, who identified himself only as Miguel. "He's been crying for a while."
Daniel was wearing plaid shorts, a sweatshirt and sandals, and officers said he was visibly upset when they took him back to the station. They went door-to-door in the area but couldn't find his parents.
Then this morning, when Daniel's mother went into his room and looked under his covers, she said she discovered he was gone.
"I was sleeping and my sister came to my room and she said, 'Hey, my son is in your room?'" the boy's uncle, Moises Rodriguez recalled.
"I said, no, he's not here. So she was screaming a lot around the house. She went outside to look for him. All the neighbors were helping," he said.
"Then a girl from another house said, 'Oh, the police came and took the baby.'"
Investigators and social workers are interviewing the boy's relatives, but detectives said they expected the reunited family would be allowed to go home shortly.