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Mothers of three wandering children are found
By Abbie Vansickle, Times Staff Writer
Published October 19, 2007
TAMPA - Police have located the mothers of three small children found alone and covered in white dust Thursday in the parking lot of a South Tampa strip mall.
Bystanders rescued the children - ages 3, 13 months and 9 months - pulling them from the road beneath the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway in South Tampa.
One of the mothers told Tampa police detectives she had fallen asleep at home and the children apparently wandered away. The toddlers had been playing in the back yard and were covered in concrete mixing powder, police said.
They were taken by Tampa Fire Rescue personnel to Tampa General Hospital, where doctors said they are in good health.
"It's a little disturbing, especially when you're coming up on them in traffic," said firefighter Chris Burns.
Two of the children were wearing diapers, and one had on pajama bottoms. When asked where they live, one of the toddlers pointed in the general direction.
One of the mothers was located at the home a short time later. Police and the Department of Children and Families are still investigating.
Staff writer Kevin Graham contributed to this report.