BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - A two year old child was found wandering alone down a busy Lee County street. Deputies say his parents were nowhere nearby. It happened on Pennsylvania Avenue in Bonita early Tuesday morning.
We asked the child's father, "Who was watching the baby?"
He replied, "No one."
The father of the 2 year old, didn't offer much of an explanation for why his child, Joaquim, was found wandering Pennsyvania Avenue alone early yesterday morning.
The child's father says, "When I left there was somebody, and then he left, and then later I came back."
It wasn't before strangers found the child wandering alone and called 911. We're told Joaquim's grandfather was supposed to be watching him, but left the child to go to work.
Deputies say it wasn't the first time this has happened. Two weeks ago, the same strangers say they saw the same child alone on these streets, with no adult supervision. He was crying. They brought Joaquim home to his parents, who according to deputies weren't there at the time.
Neighbor Marge Eckubrecht says, "You shouldn't leave your kids alone like that - they're too small."
This neighbor says she's seen other young children locked outside the same Bonita home, with no parent in sight.
We asked Eckubrecht says, "What did the child tell you? " She says, "That he wasn't allowed back in the house until his mother got home."
She says she would then watch the children herself until a parent got home.
"I told her you shouldn't leave your kids alone like that - they're too small. I don't think she understood, because she didn't understand English."