Fresno police spent hours Thursday searching for the guardians of a toddler who was found wandering the streets alone near Abby Street and McKenzie Avenue. A relative recognized her on a flyer and contacted the police department in the late afternoon.
The 2-year-old girl had been unable to communicate with detectives due to her age. Officers attempted to find adults responsible for the toddler by canvassing the neighborhood, but were unsuccessful.
A driver spotted her by herself in the morning as she was about to walk onto McKenzie Avenue, and noticed no adults were nearby.
The driver then took her to a pediatric clinic in the neighborhood and called the police.
“If that citizen hadn’t stopped, the outcome could have been quite different,” Lt. Rob Beckworth said.
The girl was placed in the care of Child Protective Services. Officers are still trying to determine why the girl was left unsupervised.