(KMOV.com) - Officers said they found a 2-year-old boy walking alone without shoes in the 500 block of Abend in Belleville after a neighbor called 911.
“We checked the area for several minutes trying to find parents out looking for him or something along those lines. We were unable to locate anyone,” said Det. Sgt. Mark Heffernan of the Belleville Police Department.
Police said the toddler was staying with his father Tyron Nash. His mother lives out of town.
Nash’s girlfriend told News 4 Nash was sleeping and his son usually wakes him up, but on Wednesday, the boy snuck out the back door. One hour after the boy was picked up by police, police said Nash called them to report a missing child.
Police then arrested Nash for neglect of a child.