MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) - Police located the parents of a toddler who wandered out of her home and onto a street in Middletown.


A toddler was found wandering on East Street in Middletown the morning of July 20.

The child was found in nothing but a diaper walking on East Street in the area of Town Colony Drive around 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

A passing driver notified police.

Little footprints from freshly-painted road lines could be seen in the street.

"We were woken up with a knock and the ring of a doorbell by the police," said Joseph Lopresti, who lives in the area. "They were looking for the parents of a young child that they found in the middle of the road."

Lopresti said work crews has just painted the road, which was why the girl's footprints were easily spotted.

At the time, however, police had no idea who she was or where her parents were.

"She was not clothed," Lopresti said. "She only had a diaper on and one of the officers was holding her."

Police described the child as being about 3 years old, about 3'3" tall, and weighing about 30 pounds.

She has light brown hair, hazel eyes, pink toe nails and was wearing a Minnie Mouse diaper.

Police said the child was not hurt. Detectives were with her at a hospital.

"This is a happy ending that could have had all the elements to becoming a traumatic and tragic incident," said Officer Jay Bodell, Middletown Police Department.

As of 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday, they said the parents had not yet been reunited with the child. They, along with the DCF, were still investigating what happened, including how long the child was out of her parents' house.

Police located the parents of a toddler who was found wandering a street in Middletown.

They said charges could be forthcoming.

"I’m glad it was a happy ending because I would’ve been scared to death if I woke and my child wasn’t in its bed," Lopresti said.

The identities of everyone involved were not released.

The child was found on East Street in the area of Town Colony Drive around 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

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