It took 17 hours to find the parents of a toddler and his older brother, and now their father is under arrest for child endangerment, Hanford police said Monday.
About 8:20 p.m. Sunday, the apartment manager at Lacey West Apartments, at 1000 W. Lacey Blvd., was shocked to find two tykes -- a 2- 1/2 year old boy and his 14-month old brother -- wandering the complex with no parent in sight.
The manager didn't recognize them as belonging to anyone who lived in the apartments, and after trying in vain to locate the parents or a responsible adult, called police.
Police also tried to find the children's parents but they were too young to supply good information and no one claimed them, so they were turned over to Child Protective Services.
About 7 a.m. Monday, police had not received calls asking about missing children, so officers went door to door in the neighborhood with photos of the children, but still no one knew who they were.
The case was solved about 1:15 p.m. Monday when the foster mother caring for the children went to her mother's home on Garland Street and one of the children pointed out the father's home on the same street.
The mother lives nearby and had dropped them off at their father's home Sunday evening, police said.
The 25-year-old father "left them with a family member who was in no condition to watch the children" and they wandered off, a news release stated.
Police arrested the father for child endangerment.
As of Monday afternoon, they were still in the custody of Child Protective Services.
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