Delano, CA — Local police believe the toddler who was found alone Tuesday night at a pizza restaurant was accidentally left behind by a father who had taken his seven children out to dinner, Cmdr. Raul Alvizo said.
Alvizo said the boy’s mother contacted the Delano Police Department on Wednesday morning after a family member saw his picture in a news report.
However, Alvizo said he didn’t know if the child — who has a twin in the family — had been reunited with his parents as of Wednesday morning.
The police department is not conducting a criminal investigation, he said.
At about 9 p.m. Tuesday, police received a call from an employee at the Pizza Hut on Cecil Avenue just east of Highway 99 about a young boy who was by himself in the restaurant, Alvizo said.
Unable to locate the child’s guardians, police released a photo of the 3- or 4-
Child Protective Services will review the incident and ”make sure it was just an accident,” Alvizo said.
Attempts to reach CPS representatives Wednesday were unsuccessful. A staffer at Pizza Hut declined to comment.
“It’s an unfortunate circumstance,” Alvizo said. “We’re just happy the boy will be back with his mom and dad.”
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