A 5-year-old wandering neighborhood streets overnight in Norcross has been safely reunited with her mother.
Gwinnett County police determined that the incident was "more a matter of unfortunate circumstances than anything criminal," a press release stated. So, there are no charges pending
Police were first called to the 800 block of Heritage Valley Road in unincorporated Norcross just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday. A concerned citizen had observed the child outside alone.
The little girl told the citizen "that the door was
open at her house, and she walked out," according to the press release. She could not provide her
address or any other information.
The citizen called 911, and Gwinnett County Police Department responded.
The press release then states:
The child was
able to provide very limited information to police in English or Spanish
and so police had to begin utilizing available resources in order to
determine to whom the child belonged and where she lived.
hours police canvassed the immediate area, checked vehicle registration
information and used Reverse 911 to help locate the child’s family.
After initial attempts were futile to identify and locate the girl’s
family, she was brought to GCPD’s Central Precinct, and DFCS was called
At around 7:30 a.m.,
a family member called GCPD and was able to put authorities in contact
with the child’s mother. It appears that the child was spending the
night with a relative when she wandered out and away from the premises.
Police and DFCS are continuing to look into the incident, but there does
not appear at this time that there was any criminal intent or acts of
gross negligence present.
"Thanks to the
diligent actions of a concerned citizen and responding officers, this
incident had a positive ending," police said.