A diaper-clad toddler was found wandering alone through a Northwest Side apartment complex, and it created a bit of a mystery for San Antonio police.
Now, it seems they have solved the mystery.
Police said they located the child’s mother after she reported her 2-year-old daughter missing.
The ordeal began shortly after 9 p.m. Monday at the Sage Crossing apartments in the 3400 block of Oakdale.
Jodie Salinas, who lives in the complex, said she heard a commotion outside her door, then a received some surprising news.
“I walked out and there were about five or six women on the stairs," Salinas said. "I asked my neighbor and she said that one of the ladies found a baby walking around outside by the laundry, crying."
According to a police report, the 2-year-old girl initially was wearing only a diaper, but neighbors later dressed her in clothes and sandals.
“They were trying to find the parent and knocking on some doors. But they hadn't seen the child before," Salinas said.
When San Antonio police arrived, they also tried locating the toddler’s mother but were unsuccessful.
They then took the girl to the children’s shelter, the report stated.
Early Tuesday morning, police were dispatched to the complex again for a report of a missing child.
Officers at the scene told them that while she was asleep, her 2-year-old daughter somehow had gotten out of the home on her own.
Within a few minutes, police realized the child who was found Monday night was the same one reported missing Tuesday morning.
Salinas and other neighbors said all of the apartments have double locks, including a deadbolt, and they wonder how the toddler was able to get past them.
Police are still investigating the case.
However, they said, initially, it did not appear the toddler’s mother did anything wrong, and she likely will not face charges.