California Babysitter Makes Mistake, Leaving Toddler to Roam Streets Alone
An uncle babysitting his nephew recently made a mistake, leaving the parents furious at him and the child in custody of Child Protective Services.
The incident in California took place in Fresno on Monday, Jan. 22.
A neighbor found a 2-year-old boy in nothing but a t-shirt and socks, wandering around the streets near the Fancher Creek apartment complex.
The father, Reggie Price, didn’t know his son was missing until he saw the story on the news.
Price’s brother-in-law Jonte McCalister was watching the child and his four-year-old brother, and is taking blame for what happened.
He says the younger child vanished but when he asked the older brother where his brother had gone, the older sibling said the toddler left with their mother.
“Where I’m stupid is I didn’t call the police,” McAlister told ABC7. “I didn’t have my sister’s number. I took my 4-year-old nephew’s word for it.”
The neighbor called police after finding the child and Child Protective Services arrived to take the two-year-old, Zion, into custody.
The family spent the rest of the day with the agency, promising to find a better babysitter, and expects to have Zion back soon.
“He wasn’t really thinking maybe I should dial 911. At the same time, he didn’t call my wife to see if my wife had taken him either. It’s different type of ways he could’ve dealt with it,” Reggie Price explained to KMPH about his brother-in-law’s mistakes.
“I was ready to kill him,” Price added to Nexstar.
Police told Nexstar that there will be no criminal charges in the case.