Child and dog found in convenience store at 5 a.m.

July 30, 2012 at 2:30 a.m.

A toddler is safe after an early morning adventure.

A 2-year-old boy, accompanied by his dog, walked into a convenience store in the 300 block of North Navarro Street early Monday morning.

It is believed the boy walked about three blocks from his home in the 100 block of N. Cameron St. to the convenience store, Victoria Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Eline Moya said. He appeared in the store alongside his dog, and a store clerk called the police, who responded and checked nearby homes to see if any children were missing.

Police contacted the child's father, Richard Chabolla, 20, of Victoria, within 15 minutes. Police believe the family had been asleep when the 2-year-old got out of the house, Moya said.

Child Protective Services is usually contacted when incidents like this occur, and CPS has been contacted in this case, Moya said.

"It was a short amount of time that he was missing, but officers talked to the father about making more of an effort to make sure the residence stays secure with the windows and the locks because you know how children that age are," Moya said.



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