Dover – The 2-year-old child that was found wandering in the Redner’s Market parking lot early this morning has been reunited with his parents, according to police.
Police said that around 5:30 a.m. Monday August 29, 2016 state police were dispatched to the parking lot of Redner’s Market located at 88 Salt Creek Drive, North Dover. A female employee of Redner’s was just getting off work and upon walking to her car, noticed a small child walking through the parking lot, police said.
The female immediately brought the child back into the store and called 9-1-1. When the troopers arrived at the store, a search of the surrounding area and parking lot for the parents of the young boy were unsuccessful and with limited vocabulary, the young boy was unable to communicate his or his parent’s names.
Troopers then transported the toddler back to Troop 9 in Odessa where he was given some refreshments and snacks while notifications were made to the Division of Family Services and information was posted to social media and news outlets, police said.
At approximately 7:20 a.m. the father of the child contacted 9-1-1 when he awoke and noticed the young boy was missing from the business in which he works located in the same plaza as Redner’s. Police said they determined through interviews with the child’s parents, that the 26-year-old father had brought his son with him to his place of business on the previous night and the two fell asleep on a couch.
Sometime in the early morning while the father was still asleep, the child opened the door to the business and walked outside, according to police. After searching the area for the young boy, the father first contacted the 30-year-old mother of the child to find out if she had stopped by to pick him up and then dialed 9-1-1.
Both mother and father, who are from Dover, responded to Troop 9 where they were interviewed and the boy was turned over to his mother.