KPD: Babysitter cited after boy, 3, found wandering outside by himself

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — Kennewick police cited a woman Tuesday after the 3-year-old boy she was supposed to be babysitting was found wandering outside by himself.

A neighbor called police around 10:35 a.m. after seeing the boy near the intersection of West 10th Avenue and South Olympia Street.

The police department posted the boy’s photo on their Facebook page in hopes of tracking down where he lives. The post quickly received hundreds of shares.

Within a short period of time, police were able to find the boy’s 28-year-old babysitter and reunite the boy with his parents.

The babysitter told police the child got out after she fell asleep. She received a citation for failure to supervise a child, a misdemeanor crime.

Lt. Aaron Clem said he recommends that parents with young children add child safety locks to their doors and cabinets to keep their children from getting into trouble.