Car nearly hits toddler wandering Midtown street - KCTV5

Car nearly hits toddler wandering Midtown street

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A hungry boy found wandering in Midtown Kansas City was taken via ambulance to the hospital to be checked out.

Police say the boy was 2 years old. He was found wandering near 38th Street and Wyandotte Avenue about 8:30 a.m. Friday.

The child had on clothes and socks, but no shoes. He was hungry and some McDonald's was bought for him. He was smiling while sitting on an officer's lap while eating hash browns and drinking orange juice.

Because the boy was so hungry, paramedics checked him out at the scene. A paramedic told the giggling and cooing boy that he had a strong heartbeat. The boy waved a pacifier as the paramedic talked to him.

The boy was taken via ambulance to Children's Mercy Hospital to be checked out as a precaution.

The boy was wandering in the street and cars had to swerve to avoid him. Neighbors went door-to-door looking for the parents of the boy who said his name was Aiden.

Hadiyah Muhammad jumped into action when the car almost hit the toddler.

"I'm like 'grab the baby! Call the police!'" Muhammad said.

"It happened in a split second. We heard her scream and a car almost hit him," Carlo Raoul DeDeaux said. "It scared us to death. The car just barely missed him."

Neighbors scooped up the boy. The driver didn't stop, which upset neighbors.

"All I could think was to run and grab the baby," DeDeaux said. "I just picked him up and held him and he said he was hungry."

An uncle was found about 9:30 a.m. The boy's mother is out of town. The uncle indicated that the boy had been dropped off the night before at his house. The uncle was watching the boy while the mother was out of town.

"Everybody was sleeping and he just wandered out," DeDeaux said. "Luckily enough, we were outside."

Officers say that is what happened and that the boy, who could open doors, managed to open the front door and slide outside.

Initially police requested the public's help identifying the boy. The Kansas City Police Department tweeted his photo just after 9 a.m., asking anyone with information to call 911.

Sgt. Kari Thompson said the officers and neighbors worked "tirelessly" to find the boy's family.

Officer Kevin Jurgieski, who looked after Aiden, thanked the neighbors for their help.

"A lot of praise goes out to them because there's a lot of people in society that will turn an eye but they stepped forward and did the right thing," the officer said. "They were definitely the child's angel on his shoulders this morning."

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