Police find wandering toddler in Waterville street, return her home safely

Posted Sept. 14, 2012, at 3:07 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A 2-year-old girl was returned to her home safely after police found her wandering on Water Street early Friday morning.

Officer Dennis Picard was on patrol in the area around 8:30 a.m. when he saw the girl, who was only dressed from the waist up, according to Police Chief Joseph Massey, and stopped to investigate.

“She was able to tell him where she lived and showed him where she lived,” Massey said.

Fortunately, the girl was a short distance from the Water Street apartment complex where she lives, Massey said.

When Picard arrived with the girl, he knocked on the door, which wasn’t fully shut, and got no response, Massey said. When the toddler went inside, the officer followed her inside.

“She seemed like she knew she was home,” Massey said. “Officers were concerned something may have happened to the parents.”

A man who is the boyfriend of the girl’s mother was found asleep in a bedroom, Massey said. The 33-year-old man told police that the mother had asked him to watch the child while she was in Belgrade, and that he had woken up early to feed her and fell back asleep in the bed.

“The big thing for us was that the child was safe,” Massey said.

No charges will be filed against the man in the incident, Massey said, as it is not against the law to leave a child with an adult. Sgt. Dan Goss assisted Picard at the scene.

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