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Updated: Toddler Found Wandering Alone in Dover Parking Lot Reunited With Parents

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The 2-year-old was found wandering in the parking lot of Redner's Market early Monday morning. His parents were later located. (Photo credit: Delaware State Police) The 2-year-old was found wandering in the parking lot of Redner's Market early Monday morning. His parents were later located. (Photo credit: Delaware State Police)

DOVER, Del.- Delaware State Police say a 2-year-old boy found wandering in the parking lot of Redner's Market in Dover early Monday morning has been reunited with his parents. 

Troopers said the incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. when state police were dispatched to the parking lot of Redner's Market located at 88 Salt Creek Drive in north Dover.  

According to police, an employee of Redner's was just getting off work and was walking to her car when she noticed a small child walking through the parking lot.  The employee brought the child back into the store and called 9-1-1. 

Authorities said when the troopers arrived at the store, a search of the surrounding area and parking lot for the parents of the young boy were unsuccessful and with limited vocabulary, the young boy was unable to communicate his or his parents' names. 

Troopers then transported the toddler back to Troop 9 in Odessa where he was given some refreshments and snacks while notifications were made to the Division of Family Services and information was posted to social media and news outlets.

At approximately 7:20 a.m., the father of the child contacted 9-1-1 when he awoke and noticed the young boy was missing from the business in which he works, located in the same plaza as Redner's. Police said it was later determined through the interviews with the child's parents, that the 26-year-old father had brought his son with him to his place of business on the previous night and the two fell asleep on a couch. 

Troopers said that sometime in the early morning while the father was still asleep, the child opened the door to the business and walked outside.  After searching the area for the boy, the father first contacted the 30-year-old mother of the child to find out if she had stopped by to pick him up and then dialed 9-1-1.

Both mother and father, who are from Dover, went to Troop 9 where they were interviewed and the boy was turned over to his mother.

No charges are forthcoming in this incident and no names will be released, police said. 

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