CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - After an exhaustive search of the neighborhood where a 3-year-old girl was found wandering the streets early this morning, Cleveland police have located her mother.
The toddler, who told authorities her name is Destiny, was found near the intersection of Locke Avenue and East 124th Street.
She was alone and not dressed for the icy winter weather, wearing only a nightgown.
Police took her from the scene to be evaluated at University Hospital.
According to police, the child was “very dirty,” had a small laceration to her forehead and another behind her left ear, and minor bruises.
She was later released into the care of social workers with the Cuyahoga County Division of Children & Family Services.
We’re told a meeting will be held on Monday with social service staff. They will determine what exactly happened, why it happened, and discuss how to prevent it from happening again.
In the meantime, Destiny and her 1-year-old brother have been placed in emergency foster care.