FORT MYERS, Fla. – A Fort Myers toddler was found wandering alone in the middle of the street outside an apartment complex around 5:30 a.m. Sunday.
According to a report from the Fort Myers Police Department, 2-year-old Aurora Cavazos was found wandering the street in front of the Lexington Palm Apartments in Fort Myers early Sunday morning.
Brooke VanWagner was driving home Sunday morning when, through the fog, she saw a toddler in a red shirt walking down the street.
“I ended up turning around and sprinting through the community to get back to her,” VanWagner said.
Brooke called the police and sat with the 2-year-old in the grass by the roadside waiting for authorities to arrive.
“That kid could be dead by now,” VanWagner said.
She said she had never seen her young daughter and was unsure if she lived in the complex. The police didn’t know who the girl was, they took her back to the police station until they received a call about a missing 2-year-old from the same area.
The call came from a woman named Ariel Dade. Dade told police she ran an unlicensed daycare out of her apartment.
In addition to taking care of her two children, she also follows at least four other people at once about mothers she meets on Facebook who work night shifts.
She said the toddler must have opened the door in the middle of the night, went downstairs and walked through the complex to the street ahead.
The staff were able to contact the mother of the 2-year-old. DCF is currently investigating the incident. It is unclear if Dade will face any charges.
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