Mother says 2-year-old wandered off as homeless family slept

    The mother of a barefoot 2-year-old found wandering in Love Park in downtown Philadelphia says they’re living on the streets because they have nowhere to go.

    Angelique Roland told WPVI-TV on Saturday the family spent Friday night behind cardboard walls underneath a city welcome center after they had trouble finding room in a shelter.

    Police say someone located the boy alone Friday night and flagged down a transit police officer.

    Roland says her son wandered off after they’d fallen asleep and they didn’t realize he was gone.

    Authorities took the boy to a hospital, where he was admitted. The station says his 4-year-old sister was with the parents.

    Both children are now in care of the city’s child welfare agency.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal