BLANCHESTER — A child is safe after police were called to the 200 block of S. Broadway St. around 12:30 p.m. Monday on a report of a toddler walking on the sidewalk unattended, according to a news release from Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.
“Ptl. Sarah Luken arrived and found that a passing motorist saw the child run into the street, got out of his car, picked the child up and out of harm’s way, wrapped him in a blanket and kept him warm until police arrived,” stated Reinbolt. “Ptl. Luken found the child to be 2 years old and wearing bedclothes and no shoes.
“Shortly after she arrived, Ptl. Luken saw a woman running toward her, who was found to be the child’s mother,” said Reinbolt. “Ptl. Luken interviewed the mother, who said she put the child down for a nap and when she went to check on him, he was gone. She speculated that he left his bedroom through a broken window.
“Ptl. Luken went to the home in the 300 block of S. Broadway St. and confirmed that a window in the child’s room was broken, apparently allowing him to leave the home through the window.”
Reinbolt said that Ptl. Luken returned to the residence Tuesday afternoon to confirm that the window had been repaired.
“The motorist who stepped in to protect the toddler after seeing him in the street is to be commended,” said Reinbolt. “His intervention may well have prevented the child from suffering serious harm.