DALLAS — A missing two-year-old boy was found safe Sunday morning after police scoured the area for more than six hours.
Investigators said the child's mother drove to the Sanchez Restaurant and Bar in the 500 block of Gilpin Avenue in North Oak Cliff around 2 a.m. and left the boy in the car to go inside and confront her estranged husband.
She later left the establishment with the boy's father in another vehicle.
When the mother realized she had left the boy behind, she returned — but her car was in a different spot up the road and the boy was gone.
The child was found safe at an apartment complex one block south of the bar around 8:30 a.m. A couple saw the boy and decided to take him in.
"They waited roughly 40 minutes, hoping someone would come back," explained Dallas police Sgt. Brenda Nichols. "When no one came back for the baby, they took the baby out of the vehicle, brought the baby into the apartment with them. laid the baby down to sleep and basically took very good care of the child."
The boy was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services as police investigate the circumstances of this incident.
An Amber Alert had not been issued because investigators could not determine whether the boy had been abducted or if he wandered away.