Update: Wandering Toddler Back Home

By: WOWT/ The Associated Press Email
By: WOWT/ The Associated Press Email

A lost Lincoln toddler was reunited with her parents Sunday morning after wandering off from home with the family dog.

A passerby called police around 1 a.m. to report the 2 or 3-year-old girl with the dog outside the Sun Mart on 17th and South streets.

LPD Capt. Michon Morrow said officers tried to let the girl lead them to her home, but she couldn't. They asked her what her mother's name was and the girl said "mommy."

Officers then went to an animal hospital to see if the dog had a microchip, but it didn't. Capt. Morrow said officers combed the area looking for a home with an open door, but did not find one.

The girl was taken to Nebraska Health and Human Services until the parents were located.

Police ended finding them by matching the child's description to a recent child-neglect case.

The parents were cited for misdemeanor child neglect and the girl was turned over to them.

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