Mother calls man who found her 2-year-old son abandoned on street his 'guardian angel'

Grandfather left toddler to eat burrito

SAN DIEGO - Chula Vista police say a 2-year-old boy found alone in his stroller on Quintard Street near Second Avenue is safe tonight.

On Monday, 10News spoke with the boy's 17-year-old mother, who only wanted to be identified as "Rosie."

"It was all a misunderstanding," she said. "I woke up and couldn't find my son. My father usually takes very good care of him. He just wasn't in his right mind."

Aldo Bautisto, who was skateboarding in the area, found the toddler just before midnight on Friday in a jogging stroller on the side of the road and called for help.

"I thought, 'Something is not right,'" he said. "The baby was still warm and he was covered with a blanket, so I just called 911 and stayed with him until they got there."

Rosie tracked down her father, 53-year-old Frank Moreno, to a 24-hour taco shop where she found him eating a burrito. 

Moreno could not remember where he had placed the child. Rosie then called police. Her son, Isaac was just 0.7 miles away, safe with investigators. Moreno was arrested on suspicion of child neglect and public intoxication and booked into jail.

Rosie says her father suffers from mental illness and his prescriptions had made him act out of nature. She said she is very grateful to Bautisto and credits him for saving her son's life. 

"This could have been really bad had he not been skating by," said Rosie, who calls Bautisto her son's guardian angel. "I am so grateful."

The child, for now, remains in protective custody.

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