SAN DIEGO - A 2-year-old boy found wandering the streets of Pacific Beach alone will spend the night away from his mother as authorities look into how he escaped and spent hours alone.
A boy wearing nothing expect for a t-shirt and diapers was first seen near Lamont and Emerald streets at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
"I [saw] a little kid come out of the stairwell and he's got a set of keys in this hand," said witness Wayne Luna. "I go, 'What are you doing? Where are you going? Where's your mom?' He goes, 'I'm going to the Jeep. I'm going to the Jeep.'"
Luna said he kept expecting to see a parent chasing after the boy.
"That's what I was waiting for… mom and dad to come out, and I didn't see anybody trailing behind him," he said.
Luna was not the only one on Lamont Street who saw the 2-year-old.
"The kid was running across the road and a man pulled the little kid off the road and was walking around with him first," said witness Ryan Jimenez. "Then, they flagged down a police officer."
Several officers walked the area with the boy looking for his mother for nearly an hour.
When police could not find her, they took the boy to the Polinsky Children's Center, an emergency shelter for kids.
A woman who witnesses identified as the boy's mother was later seen looking for him. She spoke to Luna, who had seen her son two hours earlier.
"It looked like she was sleeping because her hair was all matted," said Luna. "She had sleep in her eyes and she started crying."
Police arrived a short time later to interview the woman. The woman, who declined to speak with 10News, was seen wiping her eyes and smoking.
Police told 10News she was referred to the Polinsky Center and that an investigation will take place.