Young children found wandering alone in Orange Mound

(WMC-TV) - Two children, ages 4 and 2, were found wandering alone Friday morning in Orange Mound.

Police were called to the scene just before 9:00 a.m. by Quentin Webb and his father.

"Me and my father went to the store," Webb said. "My dad said, 'Look at the children right there.'"

The older child was grasping a cereal box, while the younger was found without shoes, wrapped in a blanket. Where the children belonged was not immediately evident, which angered gathering neighbors.

"I can't even find the words," Danielle Marshall said.

It was another 40 minutes before an adult showed up to claim the children, who police determined had wandered out of a house a block away.

"How could the kids get out of the house?" one neighbor asked. "That's what I don't understand."

But the person who claimed the children did not want to talk on camera about what happened. Meanwhile, Lt. Col. D.L. Sheffield of the Memphis Police Department had high praise for Webb and his father.

"Absolutely," Sheffield said. "He should be commended."

Webb said he simply didn't have the heart to leave two toddlers wandering alone in Orange Mound.

"I just couldn't believe the kids were walking down the street," he said.

Police have not said if anyone will face charges.

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