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Marshfield toddler left home alone, found in street

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) – A father left his 2-year-old daughter home alone early Wednesday and the child was found wandering along Marshfield's busiest street barefoot and in her pajamas about five blocks from home, police said Thursday.

A passerby, Chris Weis of Marshfield, spotted the girl about 2 a.m. on South Central Avenue, a four-lane street, took her to a convenience store and called police, Lt. Rick Gramza said.

"I stopped and said, 'hey sweetie come here, are you ok?' She was crying and shivering. She wasn't wearing any shoes," said Weis.  

It was very fortunate the child wasn't hurt,” Gramza said.

Police have recommended the 35-year-old father be charged with child neglect. No charges were filed Thursday.

The father arrived home after police, using the girl's information that she lived in a blue house, were on the scene, Gramza said.

The father told investigators his daughter was sleeping when he had left the home about an hour earlier because he couldn't sleep and went to gather some valuable scrap metal from a dumpster, Gramza said.

The girl, who turns three in about two weeks, was taken to a grandparents' home Wednesday and was with her mother on Thursday, Gramza said. The parents live in separate homes.

The temperature early Wednesday morning was about 36 degrees and the girl was not hurt, Gramza said.

She was in good spirits and was very talkative,” the lieutenant said. “There is never a good time for a child to be wandering the streets, let alone at 2 in the morning.”

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