NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans police found a little girl wandering alone around the Uptown area early Monday morning, though now she is safe with her family.
The 4-year-old girl was found near the corner of General Pershing and Coliseum streets around 2 a.m. Monday.
Police say she could not tell officers what her name is or who her parents are.
Around 7 a.m. the family received a call from a neighbor that their child was on television, so they called the Eyewitness News newsroom to get the number for the local police station. Not long after they were at the station picking up their daughter.
The parents told Eyewitness News reporter Jill Hezeau that they were extremely relieved to have their daughter back. They said they were grateful to the NOPD for finding the child and putting the word out that she had been found.
The parents said the child has Down Syndrome, and because of that she tends to wander around a lot.
“It’s a huge relief, because you imagine the worst,” said Hugh Evans, the girl’s father. “And it’s disaster averted, we dodged a terrible bullet of not knowing where your child is. So I do want to tell the policeman who picked her up and took care of her, thank you.”
Police told the family that child-protection services would be contacting them to investigate the matter. No word yet if any charges will be filed.
The Evans say they plan on adding higher latches to the door and getting a GPS tracking bracelet for their daughter.