CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police said no charges would be filed after a 2-year-old boy was found wandering alone at the Patrick Street Plaza early Friday morning.
Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper said the toddler managed to sneak away from his sleeping uncle to walk along the railroad tracks and onto Patrick Street at about 6:15 a.m. A passer-by spotted the toddler and waited with him until police arrived.
The toddler's grandmother has sole custody of the child, but she had a medical emergency early Thursday, Cooper said. The woman called her son to pick up and watch the child while she was admitted to a Charleston hospital.
The uncle put the toddler to bed and then went to bed at 11 p.m. Thursday. The man was awakened by police knocking on his door.
The uncle was sober and alert but unaware the child had unlocked the door and left, Cooper said. The child is now in the custody of another uncle.
There's no evidence that a crime took place, so charges will not be filed, Cooper said.
"It's still under investigation, but at this point it doesn't appear there was any willful neglect on his part," Cooper told reporters Friday.