The Beaumont Police Department has found the parent of a four year old child who was discovered alone in a store in the middle of the night, playing with toys.
The child was taken to Beaumont Police headquarters after he was found at about 3 a.m. Monday in the Family Dollar Store, 5370 College in Beaumont, according to Officer Randy Stevens.
"You can tell the child has been well cared for," Officer Stevens told KFDM News. "He was very talkative and was playing with the officers."
Police initially thought the child was two to three years old, but a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services tells KFDM News the child is four.
Authorities aren't releasing the child's name.
Officer Stevens tells KFDM News it appears the child unlocked the door of his home, which is only a few blocks from the store, and wandered away at about 3 a.m. Monday. The child had to cross seven lanes on College Street, which is also Highway 90, to get to the store, according to Ofc. Stevens. The highway can be extremely busy during the day.
Police say at about 11 a.m. Monday, detectives were again canvassing the surrounding area of the store and located the child's mother. She had been searching for the child in the neighborhood.
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