Update: Toddler found alone in Cottonwood Creek Park reunited with family

ENCINITAS (KUSI) — 7:00 p.m. — The San Diego Sheriff’s Department confirmed Friday evening that the child found wandering alone in Encinitas was reunited with his parents.

The boy’s parents called the Sheriff’s Department to report him missing at 6:00 p.m. when they discovered he was not at his preschool for pickup.

The boy and his sibling were dropped off at the preschool at 9:00 a.m. The preschool had a “park day” activity today. At some point, there was a mix up in the head count and the students returned to the preschool without the boy.

No charges will be filed against the parents.

The preschool is not being named at this time because the investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Department would like to thank the public and the media for helping get the word out on this incident.

4:51 p.m. — Encinitas law enforcement found a 2-year-old boy wandering around barefoot Friday afternoon at Cottonwood Creek Park.

According to Encinitas Sheriff’s, the boy was found alone around 1:30 p.m. and the department is trying to identify him and find his parents or guardians.

He was wearing a black t-shirt and gray camouflage shorts. He has curly brown hair and light brown or hazel eyes.

Deputies searched the park, nearby homes, parking lots, hospitals and notified lifeguards at nearby beaches.

Sheriff’s ASTREA (helicopter) also made announcements overhead during the search, but deputies were not able to locate the child’s parents or guardians.

If you recognize the boy or have information about his parents or guardians, call the Polinsky Children’s Center at (858) 514-4600. 

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