Police Return 3-Year-Old Wandering Newark Street

Police officials in newark are reporting that a 4th Precinct Police Officer has returned a 3-year old child found wandering last night to his family.

According to authorities, officers patrolling the area of Avon Avenue and South 19th Street were flagged down by a woman who said she found the boy walking near an empty lot.

Police say the child was wearing only a pamper and they located an adult relative of the child who resides in a building nearby.

The child was transported to University Hospital for evaluation and was found to be unharmed.

The boy had been with his mother prior to going missing. A member of the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency authorized the child to be temporarily placed with relatives.

Detectives of the Special Victim’s Unit are investigating this incident.

Director Ambrose urges anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Department's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.