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Toddler found wandering alone near Salt Lake City apartment complex

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – A toddler is found, partially-clothed and alone, near an apartment complex on 1475 West 400 South in Salt Lake City Sunday afternoon.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – A toddler is found, partially-clothed and alone, near an apartment complex on 1475 West 400 South in Salt Lake City Sunday afternoon.

Sgt. Richard Lewis with the Salt Lake City Police Department told ABC 4 News, "The neighbors saw him wandering around; they were concerned. Kudos to them for grabbing a hold of him, checking on him and taking care of him."

The boy is believed to be Caucasian or Hispanic and about two years old.

"The danger that we saw and we're concerned of is he's walking on the asphalt without any shoes on,” said Sgt. Lewis. “I'm sure the asphalt temperature is over 130 degrees."

The little boy is too young to know his own name, so police went door to door to look for his parents.

Sgt. Lewis explained, "We have not received a phone call yet. They're canvassing the neighborhood to find out who the child is so we're at a loss right now."

Adriana Rodriguez lives nearby, but like all the other neighbors police spoke to, she doesn't know who the toddler belonged to. "We were passing by the neighborhood and they were asking but we didn't know who the little boy was,” said Rodriguez.

Adriana's friends who were out trying to beat the heat under the shade of a tree just across the street can't believe a child so young would be left alone.

Maria Mejia told ABC 4 Utah, "I don't know who would leave a little kid by himself at any time; that's not okay."

Police say they're not sure that's the case, and are now concerned about the welfare of the parents.

Sgt. Lewis said, "It makes us concerned with hopefully the parents are okay and everything is alright at home."

Despite walking around without a shirt or shoes on, the toddler was okay. Paramedics checked him out and found he didn't have a sunburn or any blisters on his feet. He’s been taken into the custody of the Division of Child and Family Services. If you know who this child may be you're asked to call Salt Lake City Police.
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