UPDATE: Charges filed after young boy found wandering

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PETERSBURG, Va. (WTVR) - Petersburg Police have located the parents of a three-year-old boy found wandering near the intersection of W. Washington St. and Guarantee St.

UPDATE: Late Monday afternoon the boy was returned to his mother.
UPDATE: Petersburg Police confirm that someone related to the case will be charged with neglect but they did not say who.

As for why the child was walking around by himself - police are still investigating and social services are still assessing.

Petersburg Social Services Director Kim Miles told CBS 6 this is only the second such case she has encountered in 8 years with the department.

Police sent out an alert earlier Monday that officers were looking for the child's parents after a city worker found the child trying to cross the street.

"The child identified himself as 'Darnell' and said that he was three years old.  He was unable to give any further information," Petersburg Police said via email.

The child told police he did not know his parents' names. He said he dressed himself this morning.

The child was taken to the social services office while the search continued for family members.

This is a developing story. Look for updates on WTVR.com and CBS 6 News.


  • anon

    wow- someone call cps right away- i wish they had with me. i dressed myself and my little brother and walked out the house and out to jefferson davis to go to grammas when i was 3 because we were hungry- a neighbor found us, not the cops, and i spent 13 more years in a broken, abusive home.

  • #Overitall

    May I be frank?? Enough with the racist comments… It could happen to everyone!! What if the parent was on the toilet or something and the kid wondered out??? What if he was in the care of someone else?? Obvi he wasn’t with his mother because they released him to her… Because of his dark complexion his parents were doing wrong. When EVERYONE realizes that its just skin… So people that are racist hope you’ll all wrinkle up and die a miserable death… Because you only saw color. #getyourlife #usuck #shameful #disgracetomankind #losers #dirtbags #reservejudgement #pardonmybluntness

  • John

    I’ll say this, you blackies keep things interesting. I mean with all the black on black crime and weapons in schools. Now you just let your kids run wild. Wait you’ve always let them run wild now there’s no age limit on letting them run wild

    • Manalishi.

      John, “you blackies”? That’s not the way to make people think for themselves. You can’t change a persons color, race, or gender. Ideologies and mindset however, is fair game. Don’t be a d-bag.

    • DeeBee

      Seriously John. What about Sandy Hook John, & the Sen. Son. I’m sorry but very rarely you hear about black men killing and molesting kids. White ppl are psychotic, plain & simple.

      • kitty

        Dont forget the guy that shot up the movie theater…And if you need proof john….watch… Lifetime channel, kids who kill, cops, deadly women (my fav), mansion secrets, a new show cops in Alaska…etc…. U maggot

      • athynz

        You forgot about the DC Sniper, the dude on bath salts eating people… yup, it’s only white people who are psychotic…

        Why can’t you and people like you understand that those traits are not inherent in just one “race” – unless you consider the human race as a whole.

    • Belsma

      Wow John. You seem like such a stand up gentleman. Guessing you are a “whitey” or a “honkey”. I certainly hope you are not procreating and teaching your hate to the next generation. You are no better.

    • athynz

      What we have here is an example of bad parenting – or bad babysitting. IOW it’s not an inherently “black” or “white” thing… bad parents can come from any “race”. Not that a closed-minded bigoted POS like yourself would get that concept.

  • Rekula Tsuj

    The comments here are disgusting on both ends. Screw the race card nonsense, I’m just glad this little boy was found before a tragedy could happen and that the situation is being handled properly.

  • kitty

    To athynz….you only name 3 blacks people….yes all races have issues but white boys and white men are more psychotic then black boys and men…and their are more white people on public assistant I’m just saying….

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