LOS ANGELES - Two toddlers were found wandering a busy street in South Los Angeles Tuesday night, and now authorities are searching for their missing parent, reports CBS Los Angeles.
Sidnicka Wilson, 32, is the mother of two young boys, ages 2 and 3, who were found around 9 a.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. However, police are still searching for Wilson.
Passerby Luis Rodriguez found the boys wandering the streets along Manchester and Stanford avenues, police said. Rodriguez said he spotted the boys while working on his truck; he first saw the 3-year-old riding his tricycle in the road, and then noticed his younger brother.
"I ran over and stopped them, and [brought] them over to the sidewalk," Rodriguez said, telling CBS that the boys were about to cross into traffic before he intervened. "The baby one, his pants [were] down to his knees and the pampers was all filthy."
The children did not have any visible injuries, though both were in need of bathing and something to eat, the station reports. They are now with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Police say Wilson has eight children overall, and that six have been taken from her custody for various reasons.
"Inside the apartment, it was in deplorable conditions, not fit for a child," said LAPD Capt. Lillian Caranza. "On further investigation, [authorities] were able to determine that the two children resided at this location, and that [for] the 3-year-old, it wasn't the first time that he would wander into the liquor store to get a loaf of bread to feed himself and his sibling."
Trice Darington, a friend of the family who said Wilson was normally a good mother, was angry that she could let this happen.
"Whatever it was, was not that serious for you to do your kids like that," Darington said.
Police are still looking for Wilson. So far, they have checked jails, hospitals and coroners but have not found her.
Authorities are not calling her a suspect for any potential crimes at this time.