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LAWRENCEVILLE -- Twin toddlers found wandering unattended near Lawrenceville Highway early Friday morning remained in the care of the Department of Family and Child Services overnight, after their mother noticed they were gone several hours later.

Gwinnett County police responded to the call of unattended children wandering near Lawrenceville Highway and Hamilton Road just before 8 a.m. Friday.

They found a pair of three-year-old girls, who were transported to the South Police Precinct while officers and DFACS attempted to locate their guardians.

Around 1 p.m., police spokesman Cpl. Brian Kelly said, they got the call from a concerned mother at a home almost a mile from where the girls were found.

With the father having left their Phoenix Drive home for work at 6 a.m., the rest of the house remained asleep, the family told police.

The girls, who were asleep in the bed with their mother, managed to let themselves out of the house.

"Somehow the young girls were able to wake up without disturbing their mother, unlock the door to the house and walk probably about three-quarters of a mile to where they were found," Kelly said.

Having been up late with the girls the night before, the mother and her three other children remained asleep until the early afternoon, police said.

The girls were unharmed and showed no signs of extended neglect or abuse, Kelly said, but will remain in the care of DFACS while an investigation is completed.

"The special victims unit and DFACS will be taking a look at the overall situation and circumstances to make a determination if there's any kind of criminal conduct," Kelly said.

There had been no previous instances of police contact with this family in the past, he said.