Around 7:30 Tuesday morning someone walking by noticed a two-year-old boy walking alone on
Cottonwood Heights Police Sgt. Gary Young told ABC 4 Utah, "The child wouldn't identify himself to our officers so our officers drove him through the neighborhood hoping to identify a familiar house."
The child was too young to know where he lived, so police put out tweets and held a press conference. More than four hours after he went missing, someone saw the coverage and finally called police.
"It looks like it was an oversight,” said Sgt. Young. “A pretty bad miscommunication."
Police say today was the boy's mother's first day on a new job. She couldn't find a baby sitter so she asked the people she was living with to watch the boy while she went to work. After mom left, and the rest of the house was asleep, the boy wandered off.
Sgt. Young said, "When the family woke up they discovered both the mom had gone to work and the child was not there so they assumed that the mother had found a better baby sitter."
They didn't think he was missing, so they didn't call police. Neighbors say they're very lucky the toddler didn't wander out into traffic.
Kristy Durboraw said, "I'm just glad somebody really nice came along and you know found him and got him to a safe place. It could be way worse."