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Toddler found wandering Gresham street

Father was sleeping when boy left apartment without his knowledge


A TriMet bus driver found a toddler wandering in the middle of a street in Gresham at about 8:17 a.m. Friday, May 23.

The 2 year old was wearing only a T-shirt and diaper when the bus driver noticed the boy near the intersection of Northeast Division Street and Northeast Linden Avenue, said Detective John Rasmussen of the Gresham Police.

Seeing no adults with him, the driver stopped the bus and stayed with the little boy until police arrived.

The boy appeared to be in good health, but had dirty feet and needed to be changed, police said.

Gresham police and TriMet officers could not find the boy's family, so a social worker from Gresham's Department of Human Services office arrived and took temporary custody of the child.

Around two hours later, the manager of nearby Linden Place Apartments called 9-1-1 after one of his tenants said their son was missing.

Officers met with the boy's father.

The father said he had worked a late shift the night before and was asleep when his son left the apartment without his knowledge, Rasmussen said. The boy's mother had left for work earlier in the morning.

The child is expected to be reunited with his parents later today, police said.




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