Mother says 2-year-old wandered off as homeless family slept

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The mother of a barefoot 2-year-old found wandering in Love Park in downtown Philadelphia says they’re living on the streets because they have nowhere to go.

Angelique Roland told WPVI-TV on Saturday the family spent Friday night behind cardboard walls underneath a city welcome center after they had trouble finding room in a shelter.

Police say someone located the boy alone Friday night and flagged down a transit police officer.

Roland says her son wandered off after they’d fallen asleep and they didn’t realize he was gone.

Authorities took the boy to a hospital, where he was admitted. The station says his 4-year-old sister was with the parents.

Both children are now in care of the city’s child welfare agency.

Information from: WPVI-TV

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