SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) - The grandparents of a two-year-old San Jose boy who was found wandering alone outside an apartment complex are talking about what happened. The toddler was discovered at The Woods Apartment Complex off Snell Avenue not far from where the family lives on Juneberry Court.
The grandmother is visibly distraught and said she is embarrassed and ashamed. She asked KTVU not to share the family's identity. She is grateful those who found her grandson did the right thing.
“I’m glad he's safe,” said the grandmother. “I don't want people thinking I’m a horrible parent because that's not true.”
Through tears, the 37-year-old grandmother described the moment she realized her two year old grandson was missing at 9 a.m. He had been sleeping in the back bedroom with her and her husband.
“We started looking everywhere else, I started crying and ran out the door and I’m like, 'Oh my gosh, where's he at?'” said the grandmother. “I can't find him so I called the police.”
It turns out police had already been called six hours prior when residents of The Woods found the toddler roughly half a mile away from their house. He was wandering around at 3:30 a.m. dirty and muddy wearing a t-shirt and diaper.
“It’s a lit parking lot but there are dark spaces and so they may not have seen him,” said Amanda McGehee who rescued the toddler. “He could have gotten hit. Someone could have kidnapped him. A creep could have got him.”
“There were no locks on the door,” said the grandmother. “Our last house we had to put locks on top of each door because he's smart he knows how to unlock stuff.”
The grandmother explains they had just moved into their house on Juneberry Court on Monday and were about to install locks high enough that the boy can't reach.
She said he's autistic, very active, and suffers from ADHD. He likely unlocked the front door and walked out. It’s unclear how long he had been gone for.
“We’ve never experienced this before with him before or any of our kids,” said the grandfather.
The boy's biological mother suffers from mental health issues and the boy's father is out of the picture. The grandparents have been taking care of the toddler for the past year. They also have six kids of their own who live there.
“This is an accident, really an accident,” said the grandmother. “I’m just so embarrassed.”
The grandmother said an alarm system will be installed on Friday. Police told her they do not plan to press charges.
At last check, the grandmother said the boy is still with Child Protective Services Wednesday night as they determine next steps.