Tod­dler wan­der­ing in War­wick re­united with fam­ily

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— A Delaware tod­dler is back with his mother af­ter a scary morn­ing in which he was found alone on Wa­ter Street, ac­cord­ing to the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

“We’re still try­ing to find out how the child ended up in the road­way,” said Lt. Michael Holmes, CCSO spokesman.

Holmes said the mother of the 2-year-old told po­lice that he was dropped off at the home of a fam­ily friend early on Wed­nes­day morn­ing be­fore his mother went to work.

But Vi­etta John­son, who made the 911 call af­ter find­ing the boy at around 9 a.m. out­side her Wa­ter Street home, said the child was pushed out of a sil­ver SUV. John­son heard commo-

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tion out­side her house and, when she looked out the win­dow, she saw the child try­ing to chase the ve­hi­cle as it drove away.

“He was cry­ing ‘ mommy, mommy, mommy!’” she said.

The child was still in di­a­pers and couldn’t tell John­son his name. Her 13-yearold daugh­ter ran to the child and scooped him up. When a Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s deputy ar­rived min­utes later, the two were play­ing with toys on the floor.

“He was dressed in nice clothes and he had on brand new sneak­ers,” John­son noted. “Some­one had to be car­ing for him.”

But Holmes said the chain of events is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, not­ing that there is a dif­fer­ence of opin­ion on how the child ended up at the John­son home.

“The orig­i­nal call was for a child left out of a ve­hi­cle and hear­ing peo­ple in the road with raised voices,” Holmes said. “We’re still try­ing to iden­tify the ve­hi­cle.”

John­son said the deputy can­vassed the area to de­ter­mine if any­one had wit­nessed what hap­pened. Mean­while, a photo of the child was shared with other law en­force­ment agen­cies and on so­cial me­dia. By 1 p. m. the child had been iden­ti­fied and his mother lo­cated.

Holmes said no charges had been filed as of Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

John­son said she’s just happy that the child didn’t end up in the wrong hands.

“There’s too much of this child traf­fick­ing go­ing on,” she said, adding that had it hap­pened ear­lier she may have missed the cries. “It’s like God had our ears open.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CCSO

This 2-year-old Delaware boy was found alone on Wa­ter Street in War­wick Wed­nes­day morn­ing. He has since been re­united with his mother.

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