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Toddler found wandering in Westport area

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A woman rescued a toddler who was running across busy Southwest Trafficway Thursday morning, and his mother was later issued a citation for child endangerment.

The call of the wandering toddler in the Westport area came in at 11:05 a.m. Thursday. The child was in the area of 4001 Mill St., and had wandered into Southwest Trafficway. Jackie Lima said she called police after she pulled the boy out of the road into a grassy area.

"All of a sudden (the toddler) just ran across the road out of nowhere right into oncoming traffic. He was going full speed," said Lima who was walking to a nearby coffee shop when she saw the toddler. "The cars kind of screeched to a halt. . . . he ran straight into oncoming traffic, across the whole four lanes."

She said the boy could only say that he was hungry and couldn't provide his name. When she asked his age, he held up two small fingers.

The boy was wearing nothing but a diaper. She played with the boy in a grassy area beside the busy thoroughfare until officers arrived.

The child was placed in a patrol car parked at a Westport area apartment. Officers gave him latex gloves turned into balloons to help keep him amused. They also had a mock boxing match with the feisty little guy.

After news of the boy broke, one of the boy's grandparents contacted authorities and the mother rushed to the scene.

KCTV5's Sandra Olivas saw the boy's mother in a patrol car and she was crying. The woman was taken away from the area by police, and was later cited.

Capt. Tye Grant, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department, said officers verified that the boy snuck out through a window.

"The boy was released to his aunt. Children's division (detectives) will continue an investigation into the welfare of the child and work with the mother on his plan," Grant said. "The mother was issued a general ordinance summons for child endangerment."

Even though she had no regard for her own safety when she darted out into the road to save the boy, Lima said she did not feel like a hero.

"I think anybody would have done the same thing in my situation,. I think anyone would have chased after him," she said. "I just hope he's OK and his mom's OK, and that it's a freak accident."

Officer Doug Harr said Lima's keen observation skills saved the day and perhaps the boy's life.

"It could have turned out real bad but luckily someone paying and not talking on their phones saw him," Harr said.

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