A 3-year-old boy is safe after being found wandering and trying to cross a busy road early Thursday morning, police say.
The child was found about 5:20 a.m. when a motorist spotted the toddler trying to cross Truman Road near Belmont Avenue on the city's northeast side.
The motorist called police saying the boy was dressed only in underwear.
When police arrived on the scene, they were able to determine where the child lived.
They took the child back to a home located in the 1500 block of Belmont Avenue, which is just south of Truman Road, and discovered his 9-year-old bother home alone.
Both children were in good condition and not injured.
The mother returned home with her two older children shortly after 6:30 a.m.
Police said the mother works an overnight janitorial job, and she takes her two older children with her to work. Police said she told her boss that she didn't have a babysitter and wouldn't be able to work her shift.
The mother admits to leaving her 9-year-old and 3-year-old children home alone.
She told police this was the first time something like this has happened.
Authorities initially said the mother would face charges, but reversed course Thursday afternoon and said no charges would be sought.
Her 12-year-old son, Matthew Montes, said he is glad his mother was able to clear the situation up. He emphasized that this wasn't a normal situation.
"It was an emergency because she didn't want to stay alone like somebody to come and rob us," he said. "My mom really cares about us since we were born. She just needed to do this errand really fast."
Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:15:15 GMT
Authorities are investigating after three people were killed and two others were critically injured in shootings in a south Kansas City neighborhood.More >
Authorities are investigating after three people were killed and two others were critically injured in shootings in a south Kansas City neighborhood. Police are seeking the public's help in finding the gunman. More >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:12:05 GMT
The World Food Program says it provided food to a record 4.1 million people inside Syria last month.More >
Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant...More >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:42:09 GMT
Canadian police say pop star Justin Bieber has been charged with dangerous driving and assault after a collision between a minivan and an ATV led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario.More >
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after he was arrested for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation involving a photographer, his...More >