Toddler Found Alone in Car After Panorama City Crash; Mother Arrested: LAPD

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A mother was arrested after a 2-year-old child was found alone inside a car that crashed into a fire hydrant early Saturday morning in Panorama City, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

An LAPD officer comforts a toddler who was found alone inside a car that had crashed into a fire hydrant in Panorama City on May 14, 2016. (Credit: Loudlabs)

An LAPD officer comforts a toddler who was found alone inside a car that had crashed into a fire hydrant in Panorama City on May 14, 2016. (Credit: Loudlabs)

The solo-vehicle crash occurred about 1:15 a.m. in the area of Van Nuys Boulevard and Nordhoff Street around 1:15 a.m., a desk officer with LAPD's Valley Traffic Division said.

When police arrived, they found the driver had fled on foot, leaving the toddler alone inside the vehicle as water gushed over the vehicle, according to police.

The youngster was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, the officer said.

The child's unidentified mother has been arrested in connection with the incident, according to an LAPD officer at the scene. She was taken into custody sometime after 6 a.m.

In the aftermath of the crash, crews were working to clean up the roadway as water from the gushing hydrant flooded the area.

The force of the collision sent the hydrant through the window of a nearby business, completely shattering the glass. The sidewalk was still littered with debris from the crash more than six hours after the incident.

KTLA's Geoff Peters contributed to this story.