TULSA - Two children were taken into DHS custody Wednesday after a 3-year-old boy was found wandering a north Tulsa street.
Police say the boy was found near Pine and Irvington around 9:30 a.m. He led officers to his home nearby where they found an 8-year-old inside but no adults.
Police said their mother had to go to work and left the kids alone.
While police say no law was broken, DHS will determine if the children will be allowed to return home or not.
This is the second incident in as many days that a young child was found wandering alone.
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On Monday night, a toddler was found wandering near 56th Street North and Hartford Avenue. Police say her mother left her with a babysitter earlier in the day and only learned her daughter was missing after seeing her photo on the morning news.
Police confirmed the mother's story and hours later the two were reunited; though another child was removed from a home in connection with the incident.
In Oklahoma, there is no law or policy for how old a child has to be in order to be left alone.
Here are the guidelines for parents recommended by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services :
- Infants and children under 6 years of age should never be left alone without adult supervision.
- Generally, grade school children who demonstrate the ability to be responsible and mature may be left alone one or two hours during the day with access to a responsible adult.
- Grade school children should never be left to care for younger children.
- Middle school children who demonstrate the ability to care for themselves without help may be left alone for up to four hours during the day and evening.
- Middle school children may care for one or two younger children if there is constant access to a responsible adult.