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Columbia toddler found wandering neighborhood

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Investigators are asking some tough questions after neighbors found a toddler wandering the streets of a Columbia neighborhood early Thursday.

Thankfully, the 2-year-old boy is OK, but neighbors said they knew something wasn't right when they saw the child alone.

"It was a strong, healthy-looking baby," said neighbor Ella James.

With too many grandchildren to count, James knew just what to do when the child mysteriously showed up near her home.

"That's a scary thing," James said. "But he was very playful. He didn't cry. He seemed like he was a very happy baby."

According to Columbia Police, the toddler somehow wandered from home on Mapleash Avenue all the way to the intersection of East Eighth and Woodland streets.

James called police, and officers soon canvassed the neighborhood, going door-to-door, in a desperate search to find the child's parents.

It took about three hours, but a neighbor's tip finally led police to the little boy's home, which only raised more questions for the woman who stepped in to help during the neighborhood scare.

"I think that was very careless," James said. "What could she be doing that she didn't miss her baby out of the house?"

Police continue to investigate the child's mother and maternal grandparents, and the Department of Children's Services now has custody of the toddler.

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