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Girl, 5, found wandering street; reunited with family

A concerned citizen called 911 when they saw a 5-year-old girl wandering their Norcross neighborhood at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Gwinnett County Police were called to the 800 block of Heritage Valley Road when they got the call early Sunday.

The 5-year-old Hispanic girl said the door was open at her house and she walked out.

“She was unable to provide her address or provide further identifying information,” Cpl. Troy R. Tobler said. “The child was able to provide very limited information to police in English or Spanish and so police had to begin utilizing available resources in order to determine to whom the child belonged and where she lived.”

For several hours, police canvassed the immediate area, checked vehicle registration information and used reverse 911 techniques to help locate the child’s family.

During this time, the girl was brought to to the police central precinct where the Division of Family and Children Services were called to assist.

At around 7:30 a.m., a family member called police and was able to put authorities in contact with the child’s mother.

“It appears that the child was spending the night with a relative when she wandered out and away from the premises,” Tobler said.

At around 10:15 a.m., the child was reunited with her mother.

Police said the incident was more of a matter of unfortunate circumstances than anything criminal and no charges will be filed.

“Thanks to the diligent actions of a concerned citizen and responding officers, this incident had a positive ending,” Tolber said.