Woman Finds Toddler Wandering in Lynchburg

Cynthia Robinson

Lynchburg, VA - A Lynchburg toddler is safe and warm after some scary moments Friday morning.

Police say they received a call just after 7 a.m. telling them the little boy was wandering a city sidewalk alone wearing only a diaper.

Cynthia Robinson was on her way to work at a nursing home when she saw a little boy walking around.

"My husband said, 'Did you see that?' I was like, 'No.' I seen something out of the corner of my eye, but I didn't know what it was. My husband said, 'There's a baby with a diaper on.' So I whipped that car around in the road, and back I went," said Robinson.

She drove to the corner of 15th and Pierce Streets where Cynthia Robinson then laid eyes on the 3-year-old.

"I got out of the car and said, 'Hey suga.' I said, 'Where you live?' He couldn't tell me. So he ran down there and started opening up my door. 'I said c'mon suga get in,'" she said. "I called the police and I said, 'I'm gonna be late for work.' I said, 'I've gotta take him with me.' I said, 'Can you come to Grace Lodge and pick him up in the parking lot?' He said, 'sure.'"

Robinson says the little boy didn't even cry in the car.

"My husband turned around and asked him, 'What's your name?' He said "P.J."

The child was able to give his full name to a police officer.

Using call history records, the Lynchburg Police Department figured out the boy wandered away from his father's house on Pierce Street.

But for a few minutes Friday morning, Cynthia Robinson, the mother of two grown sons, thought of her boys at that age and treated the little boy like one of her own.

"Oh honey they wouldn't get out of my sight. No ma'am. I wasn't about to leave that child out there in the cold."

The child was handed over to his mother, who does not live with the boy's father. The father will likely be charged with child neglect.