WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (KTLA) — Police on Monday were questioning the mother of a 4-year-old boy found wandering the street in the middle of the night in Woodland Hills.
Police were notified by a neighbor, who apparently heard the child crying outside around 1:55 a.m.
The boy was alone, and was not wearing any pants or shoes, authorities said.
Officers responded and, after speaking with residents, were able to determine where the child lived.
They knocked on the door and informed the boy’s mother that he had somehow gotten out of the house.
The mother, who did not want to be identified, was visibly shaken as she spoke about the ordeal.
“I’m woken up with a horrific nightmare being told that my son isn’t with me,” she said.
“I’m waking up and I’m looking at my bed like, ‘He’s right here. What do you mean he’s not with me?’” she recalled.
The mother admitted that it was not the first time something like this has happened.
There was already an open investigation with the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services, she said.
She insisted that she has taken many precautions, including installing child locks and a home security system.