3-year-old found alone at Delco 7-Eleven; police will charge parents

Kim Glovas
May 07, 2019 - 4:56 pm
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DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A young boy was found alone at a 7-Eleven in Folcroft Borough Tuesday, and after police located his parents, they say they plan to file charges.

Folcroft Borough police said the 3-year-old boy was found around noon at the convenience store on Delmar Drive after a concerned woman called 911.

The woman reportedly saw the boy crossing the street by himself, and she tried to help.

Police posted the boy's photo on social media, asking for help in identifying the child and his parents. Around 3 p.m., the mother called asking how she could get her son back.

Folcroft Police Chief Bill Bair said the parents will be charged with endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment.

The 3-year-old walked from his home to 7-Eleven without his parents' knowing, police said. Bair said the family's home is about a quarter-mile to a half-mile away from the store.

The parents did not know he was gone because they say the mother was sleeping and the father was cooking. The couple has four other children under the age of 15, according to Bair. All of the children are now with grandparents until Children and Youth Services can sort things out. 

"It's three hours — a missing 3-year-old from the house," Bair added. "I have children — many of you probably have children. I know exactly where they're at. If I don't hear anything, something is wrong."

This is the second case of a child found over the last three days who had been left alone by parents. On Saturday, an 18-month-old girl was found in Kensington after being abandoned by her mother. The case is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.