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A toddler who was found wandering the streets alone had been at home when his dad collapsed and is "well cared for" his mum has claimed.
The two or three-year-old boy referred to only as Caleb, was found yesterday (August 6) on Clock Face Road in St Helens by Merseyside Police at around 9.55am, reports the Liverpool Echo.
His mother, who has not been named, has tried to reassure those concerned by the worrying situation that Caleb had been at home with her husband when he had become ill and collapsed.
Brave Caleb then headed out the door to search for help for his dad, dressed in only his nappy.
His mum said: "My husband collapsed in the house, and my son let himself out of the front door.
"Luckily, my mum was on her way to my house and let herself in and found him.
She added: "His dad collapsed in the house and Caleb left presumably to go and get help.
"Whoever knows me or my family will know that our son is well cared for and looked after."
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However, police have informed social services about the incident and the tot was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Officers confirmed they had found the boy just before 10am and searched for his parents in the area.
Community groups and individuals also put out their own appeals on social media, with hundreds of people in the local area expressing their concern for the child's welfare.
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A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: "At around 9.55am this morning we received a report that a young child was found alone, walking along Clock Face Road in St Helens.
"Patrols attended and located the child's father a short while later.
"The child was taken to hospital as a precaution.
"Social services have been informed and an investigation into the incident is ongoing."
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