A 2-year-old Sahuarita boy has been reunited with his grandmother after wandering off from his new home and ending up at the Sahuarita Police Department.
Shortly before 2 p.m. Friday, residents in the 100 block of East Mountain Alder Street in central Rancho Sahuarita arrived at the police department with the mostly non-verbal boy, Sgt. Michael Falquez said.
The residents told police that a woman knocked on their door after finding the child. She had asked the boy where he lived and he had pointed at the couple's house, but the couple didn't know him, Falquez said.
The woman said she had to get to Rio Rico and left the boy in the couple's care, he said.
Officers gave the child candy, a toy truck and let him watch Sesame Street while launching an investigation.
A short time later, the boy's grandmother called police to report the child missing and the two were reunited, he said.
The grandmother told officers the boy wandered off through an open door while the family was in the process of moving into their new home, Falquez said. The boy was likely missing around 40 minutes, he said.
“There was no criminal activity,” Falquez said. “The boy appeared healthy.”
Falquez thanked the community for widely sharing the police department's Facebook post asking for information about the child.
He also urged people to contact police immediately during emergencies rather than posting it to social media first, as happened in this case.
The Arizona Department of Child Safety will be notified of the incident, per policy, Falquez said.