Motorist finds toddler wandering around street in N. Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Department of Social Services was called to a home in North Charleston after a motorist spotted a toddler wandering around a street Wednesday afternoon.

At 2:20 p.m., a police officer responded to the area of 6930 Stall Rd. in reference to a woman who found a toddler.

The woman told police she was driving on Stall Road when she saw a toddler on the sidewalk. She then stopped and checked to see if the child, who was only wearing diapers, was okay.

The woman then knocked at the nearest apartment to find the child's parents, but the tenant said she did not know who the child was or where the parents might be.

As police searched the area for the child's parents, a neighbor told authorities that the child possibly belonged to parents at a nearby trailer park.

Police then made contact with the father who told investigators that he was inside his home at the Kenwood Trailer Park watching a movie in his bedroom, while his son was in the living room with his aunt.

Washington said he did not know how his son ended up on Stall Road. The aunt said she thought the child was in the father's room sleeping.

Officers said they also noticed a child safety gate on the porch and asked the father about it. The father said his son has been known to jump over the fence.

The Department of Social Services was called to the scene to investigate and advised the parents on a child safety plan. DSS officials say they will be following up with the parents.

No charges were filed in the case.

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