Family located after toddler found alone on curb in Apache Junction

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- The family of a child found sitting alone on a curb in Apache Junction has been located.

At approximately 3 a.m. Wednesday, authorities got a call from a woman who walked out of her home and found a boy sitting alone on a curb, according to Capt. Tom Kelly of the Apache Junction Police Department. The parents were nowhere to be found.

Officers knocked on doors of nearby homes in the area of Brown and Meridian roads, but no one claimed the boy.

Child Protective Services responded to the scene.

Kelly said the 1-year-old child had on a diaper and was barefoot but looked like he was in good health.

At the time, police weren't sure if the child had wandered away from home or if he had been dropped off.

The child's family was located at approximately 11 a.m.

According to police, the boy was temporarily staying at his aunt's house while his 32-year-old mother, Alicia Barney, spent some time in jail for shoplifting and traffic violations.

Barney was supposed to pick up her son sometime last night. The door was left unlocked so she wouldn't disturb anyone else and that's how the boy got out of the house.

The aunt didn't answer when police went door to door, however, when officers did another door knock in the neighborhood she answered.

The aunt said she hadn't been looking for the boy because she thought the mom had picked him up.

The child was found in front of the house next door.

The boy is in CPS care at this time.

No charges have been filed, but police are still investigating.