February 19, 2014

Toddler out alone late Monday quickly reunited with parents

Father thankful for passersby's response.

by Mitchell Kirk

---- — A 2-year-old boy was quickly reunited with his parents Monday night after he was found walking across a nearby street.

The child was discovered walking through the intersection of Tanguy and Main streets at about 10 p.m. Monday. Alberta Tutterow was visiting her daughter, who lives in the area when the two headed out for an errand and saw the child, who was wearing a diaper, shirt, socks and women's shoes. Tutterow's daughter wrapped the child in her coat and brought him into the car while Tutterow contacted the authorities.

Logansport Police Department Assistant Chief Bryan Hillis said the child was reunited with his parents after a very brief time period.

TJ Palmer, the boy's father, said the boy was with police for about two minutes before police contacted him.

"It was an accident," Palmer said. "Things happen."

Palmer declined to provide further details other than that the boy is 2 and that the intersection he was found in is right next to their home.

Palmer said he was grateful for what Tutterow and her daughter did.

"I thank them," he said. "They were in the right place at the right time. I really do appreciate them picking him up and contacting the police."

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or Follow him: @PharosMAK