No charges for parent of child found on sidewalk alone

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The parents of a small child found wandering alone in North Charleston will not face charges, officials said Thursday.

According to North Charleston police, officers were called around 2:20 p.m. to Stall Road to reports of a toddler walking along a sidewalk. A passerby stopped to check on the boy and call police.

Another neighbor said the child may belong to a family living in a mobile home park nearby.

When police went to the mobile home park, they met with a man who said he had been in a bedroom watching a movie while his son and aunt were in the living room. The aunt told officers that she was in the living room with her boyfriend and daughter, braiding her hair.

According to the report, the aunt thought the toddler was with his father, asleep in the bedroom, but it appeared that the boy scaled a child gate blocking the front door.

A Department of Social Services agent met with the family and gave them some child safety guidelines to prevent the boy from slipping out of the house unnoticed again.

No charges were filed.