With the family Chihuahua in one hand and his mother’s purse in the other, a Liberty toddler set out for Grandma’s house this week.
If only he had told his mother.
The 3-year-old made it two blocks at about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday before an alert passerby put an end to his madcap.
It didn’t take long for police to reunite him with family.
“He had good identification,” said Liberty Police Lieutenant Andy Hedrick. “They used the dog tag and mother’s purse to determine where the little boy lived.”
The situation — sure to be a legendary family story for years to come — could have turned out much worse. He had already made it two blocks, but still needed to cover another three blocks before arriving at his grandmother’s, Hedrick said.
The passerby cared enough to pull over and call police.
“She didn’t think that looked right,” he said. “She lived nearby and was driving by and saw him walking with the purse and the dog.”
When the officers located the boy’s home they were greeted at the door by a distraught mother.
“Mom had the phone in her hand and was about to frantically call police,” Hedrick said. “She was thankful to have him returned.”
The officers left the boy with his mother after they were assured it had all been an isolated incident.
“The officers talked to the mom and they didn’t find anything else at the home to cause concern,” he said.
His mother told police she had stayed up late. He was gone when she woke up.
“Three-year-olds are tough because they’re old enough to be mobile and really make some good time,” Hedrick said.