Toddler found wandering alone in street in east Houston

A mother is grateful to a couple who rescued her two-year-old from a street in the middle of the night
November 7, 2013 12:17:48 PM PST
A Houston toddler is back with his family after some very scary moments for his parents in the middle of the night.

The little boy managed to get out of his home, but thanks to some good Samaritans, he was swooped up and kept out of harm's way.

It's a huge relief for a southeast Houston family that there is a happy ending after a two-year-old boy managed to walk straight out of his house in the middle of the night. His safe return to his family was all thanks to an unknown couple who saw the boy walking down Navigation Boulevard around 1:15am Thursday. They picked him up and brought him to a nearby fire station.

"Thank you! They're angels," said family member Maria Garza. "Evidently, the next door neighbor was telling me he kept telling them, 'You need to move the lock. I think the child wakes up and walks around during the middle of the night.'"

The mother of the boy, not wanting to talk on camera, left a note on the front door saying they were grateful to the couple who found their son.

According to Child Protective Services, the boy's father, who works late, came home around 4:30am to find the side door open. That's when he woke up the boy's mother and the frantic search began.

"I'm happy. I'm glad he is safe," Garza said. "I'm happy for the people that picked him up."

Firefighters we spoke with at Station 20, where the boy was taken to, say the couple did the right thing by seeking out their help.

"The fire station is a good safe place -- he fire station or a police station," said HFD District Chief Ricky Hoppas. "Go somewhere where you have some people in authority who have contacts."

CPS workers say kids accidentally getting out of their homes is fairly common. They believe this case was an accident, and authorities say the parents are not expected to face any charges. CPS adds they will work with the family to try to prevent it from happening again, possibly by providing the family with additional locks.

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