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Toddler found wandering in traffic

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GARLAND, Texas -

A little boy managed to slip away from a day care near the Garland and Dallas border Thursday afternoon. He's safe now thanks to a Good Samaritan who found him in traffic.

Jessica Merritt said she was driving through the intersection of North Plano and Lawler roads when she nearly hit the toddler.

"Once I got to at least the stop light that's when I noticed it was a toddler. It was a baby walking out into the street," she said. "Then I almost hit him. Luckily I was starting to slow down as I came up on him."

Merritt said she parked her car to block traffic. Then she and several others got out to help the child. He wasn't wearing shoes and he had no jacket, she said.

"He surprisingly was not scared of strangers. He just clung the girl that was holding him and he seemed cold, very cold," she said.

Police quickly determined the 1 ½-year-old had come from the nearby Good News Dallas Church. A member said they were caring for children of people from out of town attending a church conference in Dallas.

Officers contacted the mother, who is from Las Vegas.

"She said it was still okay to leave him there. We advised them to please take a closer watch of the kids. They secured the door he got out of," said Officer Joe Harn with the Garland Police Department.

Police are treating the case as an accident. They do not believe the church was negligent.

"We're just lucky that the child wasn't hit today," Officer Harn said.

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