A 3-year-old who was found wandering by himself near a supermarket in the North Hills area on Monday morning has been reunited with his family, authorities said.
The child was located by a truck driver around 6 a.m. in the area of Van Nuys Boulevard and Woodman Avenue, A Los Angeles Police Department official said at a late-morning news conference.
Police earlier said the boy was 2 years old before updating the age once the toddler’s cousin came forward and identified him.
The father apparently woke up at 6 a.m. to get the child dressed; the man’s nephew was supposed to come to the residence and take the child to a clinic, where he would receive his immunization shots for school, according to police.
However, the little boy somehow managed to get out of the house alone.
He took the same route he would normally take with his parents to get to a nearby supermarket, police said. It was there that the truck driver found the boy and notified authorities.
After the child was identified, his father went down to the police station and was interviewed by police.
Later, the boy was reunited with his family, according to LAPD.
The mother had some personal stuff going on, and is in North Carolina, another police official said at the news conference.
No additional information was immediately released.