Wandering child’s uncle says he should have called 911 when boy went missing


Hours after police say they found a two-year-old boy was found wandering around an apartment complex, the parents came forward looking for their toddler. The parents say they didn’t even know their child was missing for hours.

The father and mother say they were at work and the child’s uncle has been watching their two youngest boys for more than a month. But this time he just let the toddler walk out the door.

On Monday afternoon, Reggie Price got the scariest phone call a parent can get. His wife told him two-year-old Zion Price went missing before being found in the parking lot of the Fancher Creek apartments. Price says his brother was supposed to be babysitting Zion and his big brother.

 “This is my son we’re talking about. This is my two-year-old son. You’re telling me you lost my two-year-old son? Really? I was ready to kill him,” said Price.

Jonte McCallister is the uncle put in charge. He says he asked his four-year-old nephew where Zion went. The boy told him Zion left to work with his mom.

I took his word for it and come to find out hours later, he left on his own,” said McCallister.

“What would make you think that she’s gonna take a two-year-old to work with her?,” asked Price.

Police say apartment employees found the toddler and called 911. Officers canvassed the area looking for family members. McCallister says he saw police leave but didn’t think anything of it.

“I should have got a hold of my sister. I should have called 911 just to make sure,” said McCallister.

Price says he raced home to learn his son was in custody of Child Protection Services. But he’s still fuming at what could have happened right outside of his home as traffic heads toward the freeway.

“I’m happy that my son is okay but he should be at home right now,” said Price.

Police say the parents of the little boy won’t be facing any charges.

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