YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown Police and Mahoning County Children Services are looking into the circumstances that led to a toddler being found wandering alone on a busy south side street Monday morning.
Police were called to Midlothian Boulevard near Howard Street around 7 a.m. Tuesday after a 3-year-old child was nearly struck by a Nelson Tree Service Truck. Police said the toddler was walking alone and had stepped into the roadway.
One man says he came to the intersection and saw the toddler nearly get hit by a truck and immediately took action.
“I see an Aspen truck coming down, blowin’ the horn, trying to get everybody to stop, but before they could get out… I jammed my car into park, ran into the street, grabbed him up into by arms. Let him know that he was OK, calm the little kid down,” said Sam Braxton.
Police determined that the boy had walked away from his grandmother’s house on Helena Avenue, where he’d been dropped off along with his teenage brother on Monday. The children’s mother said her older son was supposed to be watching the toddler after his grandmother left for work, but police said the teenager told them he left and that the 3-year-old was still asleep at the time.
Police said the home was filthy, with trash thrown throughout, old car tires and soiled linens. The home also smelled of marijuana, according to the report.
According to police, offices were called to the same house earlier this month when the toddler wandered off.
The toddler is OK, but police and Children Services are investigating.