(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Our news line blew up today with numerous calls and messages about a toddler that was alone and lurking around the Simpson Street area near the East End tunnel entrance.
Witnesses in the area tell us that a couple of REAL Concerned Citizens stopped traffic and removed the small caucasian child from the street, as the toddler was wandering into traffic.
A woman and her significant other watched the child and called 911. The little boy sat and watched videos on the woman’s phone with her 2-year-old son while they waited for police. It took about 25 minutes for police to arrive on location.The toddler was terrified and crying horror.
Once police arrived and started to take the couple’s statement, a woman appeared and claimed to be the boys mother. The toddler had no shoes, no socks, no pants, just a diaper and a shirt. The lost toddler was very dirty, presumably from being outside. Numerous cars drove by the toddler but only 1 red Dodge pickup truck stopped to help.
The mother claimed she was getting pizza and that her boyfriend had the boy. Just as she was stating that, the boyfriend of this woman appeared. Police are continuing their investigation. We are not certain if the child was apprehended but we are certain that child protective services are now involved.
This is a developing story, and we will update you as more facts become available.
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