Parent explains why young child found wandering alone near park

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SEATTLE — UPDATE:  The mother of a 3-year-old girl who was found alone just west of Westcrest Park in southwest Seattle on Wednesday told KIRO 7 she was sleeping when the child wandered off.

(NOTE: Seattle police reported the child found was a 2-year-old boy. The child is actually a 3-year-old girl, according to her mother).

The mother told KIRO 7 Thursday she had been sleeping for about 90 minutes, and when she awoke, the child was gone.  Seattle police later reported that the girl's mother was found, but did not offer further information.

The woman said the girl is currently with her father. The child's mother and father are no longer in a relationship and do not live together.

The woman told KIRO 7 that she and the father are meeting with Child Protective Services Thursday to determine if the girl can be returned to her.

The mother said CPS checked on her three other children to ensure they were in a safe environment.

KIRO 7 asked her if she would like to speak on camera and tell her side of the story, but she declined, citing harsh judgment on social media.

Previous Coverage: 

The Seattle Police Department is looking to reunite a 2-year-old boy with his parents after finding him unaccompanied near 8th Avenue SW and SW Henderson Street earlier Wednesday.

The intersection is located two blocks southeast of Highland Park Elementary School and just west of Westcrest Park.

No description of the child has been given at this time.

Police are asking any parents who may be missing their child to contact the SW Precinct at (206) 733-9800 or 911.

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