Toddler found in Waupun reunited with mother


    A 2-year-old girl was found sitting on the steps of a house in the 200 block of N. Madison Street in Waupun Jan. 14, 2019. (WLUK/Monique Lopez)

    WAUPUN, Wis. (WLUK) -- Police said they may recommend criminal charges after a toddler was found alone, outside a home in Waupun Monday morning.

    The Waupun Police Department posted a picture of the two-year-old on their Facebook page, asking the public for help in finding the girl’s guardian.

    Less than 40 minutes and thousands of post-shares later, the toddler’s mother was located.

    “We did post on social media, and within 37 minutes, we were able to get the mother,” said Waupun Police Department chief of police Scott Louden.

    More than 2,500 people stepped-up to help identify the two-year-old, and find the young girl’s mom.

    Police said she was seen sitting alone on the front steps of a house that was not hers in the 200 block of North Madison Street around 7:20 a.m.

    They also said she was still warm to the touch, so they don’t believe that she had disappeared for very long, before she was spotted.

    “We did a canvass of the neighborhood to see in anybody could identify her or knew who her legal guardian was, and we didn’t get any luck doing that,” Louden said.

    Authorities said she was taken to the hospital to get checked out, and was not injured.

    Just before 10 a.m., the photo of the girl was posted on the department’s Facebook Page.

    Her mother, who was at work at the time and didn’t know her daughter was missing, got wind of the post.

    “Social media we use quite often at our police department for missing persons or to find out any evidence on any type of crime, and we actually get a good response in doing that, like with this incident, it really helped out,” said Louden.

    According to police, a male was watching the little girl.

    After the mother and daughter were reunited, officers questioned him.

    "Basically, a babysitter was watching the child, and there was miscommunication, and we’re still investigating that, at this point,” Louden said. “We gotta see if there was any neglect.”

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