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Parents of solo toddler founder after 4-hour search in Midvale

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MIDVALE — After searching for four hours for the parents of a toddler who'd been found wandering alone through a Midvale neighborhood, the child's mother picked him up from the Family Support Center after being told her son was on the TV news.

The mother entrusted her two young sons to a babysitter around 1 p.m. so she could take her older daughter to the dentist, said Midvale Police Sgt. Torin Chambers.

The baby sitters, relatives of the mother, told police they thought only one boy was left in their car, but police haven't ruled out filing charges for negligence against the babysitters.

"It doesn't seem like the mother did anything wrong," Chambers said. "They probably won't use that babysitter again."

Around 1:30 p.m. Friday, neighbors found one of the boys walking near 700 W. Wasatch Street. They immediately began looking for his parents or a caretaker. After being unable to find anyone belonging to the boy, they called police.

Midvale officers and a group of about 30 neighbors continued to search for the boy's parents, going through the area door-to-door. The child was taken to the Family Support Center.

After her daughter's dentist appointment, the mother went to her mother's home. Her brother called her at the home and told her he'd seen her son on TV. She was very concerned after hearing the news and immediately went to pick up her son from the Family Support Center around 5:30 p.m., Chambers said.

Spencer Garn