OAKLAND, Calif. - An Oakland 1-year-old was found safe on Tuesday morning, hours after police reported him missing, when a group of people carrying the toddler walked into police headquarters.
"He looked perfectly fine," police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said of 1-year-old Hasani Chandler. "He was happy and running around our lobby."
In addition, Watson said that Hasani's mother was arrested on unrelated charges after she called police early Tuesday morning to report she didn't know where her son was. Watson said the mother has been arrested on a criminal warrant, unrelated to her son's disappearance. She did not reveal any more details because it is an "active investigation."
Police reported Hasani missing at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday. He had last been seen in Hayward on Monday between noon at 1 p.m. when he was "dropped off with a babysitter" in the McDonald’s parking lot at 355 West A St., Watson said.
The babysitter told police that she had handed the boy off to an unnamed adult. No more details were provided on that exchange. It was also unclear who dropped off the babysitter and the boy.
At 9:30 a.m., Watson said a "group of individuals," including one family member, walked into police headquarters. "We had information that he was in Oakland, but it was a nice surprise that he came in," Waton said.
One group of investigators began interviewing the adults who brought Hasani in, and another group of investigators took the 1-year-old to the hospital to be checked out, as is standard procedure, Watson said.
Watson said she's not prepared to say whether this was a big misunderstanding or something suspicious at this point..She said the proper service agencies also need to be called in to further investigate.
"It's not over yet," she said. "We want to find out what happened so this doesn't happen again."
Watson added the case is being investigated in Oakland and not Hayward, because the boy and mother live in Oakland.