Police: 3-year-old found walking on Monterey County freeway alone

Sep 14, 2015 7:09 PM by News Staff

CHUALAR, Calif. (AP) - A Monterey County woman was arrested after her 3-year-old was found walking alone on a highway shortly after midnight.

The Salinas Californian reports Monday that the child was found by a semi-truck driver on the shoulder of the highway early Sunday, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

The child was wearing only shorts and socks and was on the verge of hypothermia.

He was transported to a hospital. When deputies found the mother, 39-year-old Diane Aguilar, she said she had sent her 10-year-old to look for the younger child on his bike.

Aguilar then drove around in her car with her neighbor, leaving her 5-year-old alone. She didn't call 911.

Aguilar was arrested for outstanding warrants and felony child endangerment. Her children were taken into protective custody. It wasn't clear Monday if she has an attorney.

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