Barefoot girl, 3, found wandering on Dudley Street

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Sheriff returns child to mom after she apparently ‘walked away’ from babysitter’s home

By Ben Carlson

The case of a 3-year-old girl found Friday walking barefoot on Dudley Street remains under investigation by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
The child apparently walked away from her babysitter’s residence nearby and was found by a passing motorist who picked her up and called police.
Sheriff Troy Young and Chief Deputy Joe Milam responded and took custody of the child, Young said.
The child appeared unharmed and it isn’t known exactly how long she had been on her own.
Young said he and Milam took the child from the woman who found her, placed her in one of their patrol vehicles and began searching for her home.
Young said the child pointed to one residence that turned out not to be correct, but a passerby interjected and pointed Young and Milam to another house.
Young said he asked a man who answered the door if the child belonged to him.
“He said he was the babysitter and asked if we had found her,” Young said, adding that the man’s wife was also home at the time.
Young said the child’s mother was contacted and that he and Milam delivered the child to her.
Young said they also returned the child’s shoes.
The sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the incident, Young said.