Homestead Police Find Relatives of Boy Who Wandered

Police had released a photo of the boy to the news media, in hopes someone would recognize him

By Juan Ortega
|  Saturday, Jan 5, 2013  |  Updated 6:21 PM EDT
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Homestead police said Saturday that they were able to find the relatives of a young boy who was found wandering around a parking lot of a residential community.

Police had released a photo of the boy to the news media, in hopes someone would recognize him.

About 8 a.m., police received a call from a resident at Gardens II community at 1261 SE 29 St., where a resident had found the boy wandering. The boy, thought by police to be about 2 and a half years old, cannot communicate, but he was well-dressed and clean, according to police Detective Eric Rodriguez.

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Officers canvassed the area and tried to find the child’s parent or guardian but were unsuccessful.

The child was with Florida Department of Children & Families officials at Homestead Police Department while officers tried to find his family.

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By the afternoon, the boy's relatives had been found, Rodriguez said.

The boy had been temporarily left by his mother in the care of his aunt and uncle, Rodriguez said. But when everyone was asleep in the home, the boy managed to step out through a sliding glass door that apparently was left open, he said.

"They’ve already reunited the mother with the child," he said.  "It was a good home. There’s nothing criminal" about the case, he said. 

Still, a DCF spokeswoman said the agency planned to investigate.

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