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Meg Farris / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- A little boy is back home after wandering a busy intersection and being away from for hours.

Police say neither the mother, nor the cousin watching the boy, will be charged with negligence.

The 3-year-old drew pictures of his family and talked about having two sisters while in NOPD custody. But Monday morning, his family was nowhere to be found.

'He's an adorable kid. He's very energetic, as you can tell. We're just trying to find a parent or guardian who can come and claim him,' said NOPD spokesman Officer Frank Robertson.

It was a 20-year-old carpenter who stopped to help the child and asked a motorist to call police.

'I couldn't pass it up. I don't know how these cars kept driving, a little baby on the corner,' said Frank Duncan, who rescued the boy.

People who work near the busy intersection of Carrollton and Tulane avenues said around 7:30 a.m., police were asking pedestrians for answers.

'The lady says she sees him walking around with a lot of brothers and sisters and that's where she know him from,' said Jamal Cousin, who saw police with the child asking people for information.

It was shortly before noon, when family members starting seeing all the publicity on television and across the Internet, when they called the mother and she rushed home from her job.

Neither the grandmother or 19-year-old mother wanted to talk on camera. The mother came from work at a grocery market and was questioned in her home by police.

The grandmother said the child was in the care of a 19-year-old cousin in the morning, who had been sleeping while the child was wandering for hours.

'I don't know where he would be right now if I probably wouldn't have stopped. Somebody probably snatch him. He would have probably gotten hit by a car. I mean, I don't know, so I think I did my part,' said Duncan.

This was a job he did not expect to do on his day off.

When police got to the toddler, he was a half a block from his home on South Carrollton Avenue.

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