The mother of a 3-year-old boy found wandering alone Wednesday morning in South Los Angeles has been located.
The little boy was discovered around 10:30 a.m. in the area of Avalon Boulevard and 111th Street in the Green Meadows section of South Los Angeles, according to Sgt. James Linder with the Los Angeles Police Department.
The boy appeared to be healthy and happy, Linder said.
He was placed in the care of child services while officers searched for his family.
A family friend recognized the boy's picture from media reports and helped police track down the mother at her home, Linder said.
The mother allegedly told police she left her son with a babysitter when she went to work Wednesday morning.
She claimed the male babysitter left the boy alone.
"Mother is understandably very shocked and mortified to be perfectly honest," Linder said. "Mother is very embarrassed. Sounds like she's gonna do a lot of reflecting on her babysitter."
Police believe the man may have left town and could be in Lancaster.
The boy was set to undergo some routine medical exams.
The mother and son will be reunited pending a decision by the Department of Children and Family Services, according to police.
At this time, no charges had been filed.