UPDATE: As of 11:09 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, Richmond Police have found the child’s parents. No foul play is suspected.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Police Department is investigating after a 4-year-old child was found alone, wearing only his underwear, at the St. John’s Wood apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon.
Richmond Police officers responded to the area of 600 Block of Elgin Terrace at approximately 1:37 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, after a resident of the St. John’s Wood apartments reported that they had found a child.
According to police, the black male child appeared to be approximately 4 years old. He was only wearing underwear when he was found.
The child was taken to a local hospital for a medical assessment.
Jason Payne is a neighbor that lives nearby. Payne says he has lived at the apartment complex for five years. Payne said he believes the incident is “terrible.”
“Seeing a little guy running around, and his mother not being around, that could have been my son,” Payne said. “Somebody could have easily just snatched him up and I would not know.”
Payne said it’s a reminder to always have an eye on your children.
“I’ve seen kids around here. We have kids all over, but their parents are somewhere outside or there’s adult supervision. That little kid didn’t have anybody around.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Division of Emergency Communications at 804-646-5100, the Virginia Abuse & Neglect Hotline at 800-552-7096 or Richmond Social Services at 804-646-7096.