The mother of two young boys who were found wandering alone near a South Los Angeles liquor store was arrested Wednesday, according to police.
Sidnicka Wilson, 32, had been sought after police received several calls about the abandoned children seen near West Manchester Boulevard and Stanford Avenue on Monday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Wilson was taken into custody about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday near Western Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard, according to a spokeswoman with the LAPD Media Relations Section.
Some good Samaritans flagged down officers to alert them to Wilson’s whereabouts, according to police Sgt. Abe Rangel of LAPD’s 77th Street station.
Wilson was found with a man inside a vehicle in the parking lot of a store, Rangel said. She was booked on suspicion of child abuse and drug possession, with bail initially set at $100,000, according to Rangel.
The two boys had been identified as George Gray, 3, and Edward Gray, 2.
They had come to the liquor store twice on Feb. 24 — a week before they were found — looking for food, according to police. The boys were returned home but police were not called.
After a witness was able to grab the children and call authorities on Monday, the older boy ran back to a nearby, unlocked home that police described as “deplorable.”
“Not a condition where you would have a pet, much less a child,” said LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza.
The older boy knew to go to the liquor store to get bread when the children became hungry, according to police.
Police said Wilson offered no credible explanation about her whereabouts.
Based on interviews, police believed the children may have been alone since Friday.
Wilson has eight children, according to police. They were all in the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, police said.
Anyone with information regarding the case was asked to contact Detectives Tavares or Jones at 213-485-4175.
KTLA’s Nidia Becerra Tijerino contributed to this article.