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Toddler found wandering alone at San Marcos apartment complex

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Posted at 11:04 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 13:28:42-05

UPDATE (10:20 a.m.): Sheriff’s officials released the following information on the incident:

“Just before midnight, a family member contacted the Sheriff's Department after seeing social media posts about the found toddler. That led deputies to an apartment unit not far from where the toddler was originally located.

Deputies spoke with the child's babysitter who explained she did not know any of the children in her care were missing. She added the announcements she heard were for a found little girl and they were taking care of several boys.

Deputies also located and spoke with the child's mother. Child Welfare Services was contacted, and they will be responsible for reuniting the toddler with his family. No criminal charges are being filed at this time.”

UPDATE: At around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced the child's parents were located. No other details were released.

In a tweet, the department said, "We want to thank @sanmarcoscity residents and countless others for their concern and prayers."

SAN MARCOS (CNS) - A girl believed to be between 1 and 2 years old and wearing only a diaper was found tonight wandering in a San Marcos apartment complex.

Deputies were called about 6 p.m. to the Barham Villas Apartments, located in the 500 block of East Barham Drive near state Route 78, by residents who told authorities they found a toddler near the basketball court located within the complex, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

A resident provided clothes to keep the child warm and deputies and residents went door-to-door looking for the child's family and the complex's management team sent out an email alerting residents about the little girl being found on the property, the department said.

As of 10 p.m., the child's family had not been found and the department said there were no reports of a missing child with any other local law enforcement agency.

The toddler was taken to the San Marcos Sheriff's Station and Child Welfare Service has been contacted.

Anyone who knows the child or her family was asked to call the sheriff's department at 858-565-5200.