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