LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Police Tuesday identified a parent of two young boys who were found wandering a busy street in South Los Angeles.
Police said Sidnicka Wilson, 32, is the mother of the two boys, ages 2 and 3, who were found by passerby Luis Rodriguez near Manchester and Stanford avenues around 9 a.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Wilson is reported to still be missing, as police continue to search for her.
According to police, Wilson has a total of eight children, and six of them had been taken away from her for various reasons in the past.
The children live in an apartment complex nearby, in the 600 block of East 85th street.
“Inside the apartment, it was in deplorable conditions, not fit for a child,” LAPD Capt. Lillian Caranza said. “On further investigation, they were able to determine that the two children resided at this location, and that (for) the 3-year-old, it wasn’t the first time that he would wander into the liquor store to get a loaf of bread to feed himself and his sibling.”
Rodriguez says he was working on his truck when he noticed the older boy riding a tricycle in the road, at which point he then spotted the other child. At the moment he saw the children, they were about to cross into traffic on Manchester Avenue.
“I ran over and stopped him, and (brought) them over to the sidewalk,” Rodriguez said. “The baby one, his pants (were) down to his knees and the pampers was all filthy.”
Officers who were called to the location brought them back to LAPD’s 77th Street Station, where they were placed with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Apart from a need for bathing and food, the toddlers did not have any visible injuries.
Family friend Trice Darington, who knows Wilson by the name of Nicole, expressed anger that Wilson would let this happen.
“Whatever it was, was not that serious for you to do your kids like that,” Darington said.
Police have checked jails, coroners, and hospitals, and have not found Wilson.
At this stage, police are more concerned about Wilson’s well-being, and are not calling her a suspect.
Darington, similarly, just wants to make certain Wilson is alright, and wants her to return home and tend to her children.
“Come to me, let me know you’re okay.”
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