Wednesday, at 9:23 a.m., deputies responded to US highway 19 in the area of 1180 North Suncoast Boulevard, in Crystal River. The call was in reference to a small child seen driving a small motorized vehicle along the major highway.
Upon arrival, a Citrus County deputy observed several vehicles that had formed a blockade around a child who was sitting behind the steering wheel of a small motorized vehicle in the median of US highway 19.
Bystanders advised the deputy that the child had not been struck in any way. A visual inspection of the child by the deputy showed no visible injuries.
According to the media release, several people were on scene including his father. The child is 3 years old and from Crystal River. He was wearing a shirt and diaper and a blanket had been used to cover him.
The release states that the father told authorities that he was in the bathroom at their home in Crystal River, leaving his son alone in the living room. The father states that his son used his little chair to reach the door locks of the front door and left the residence without him knowing. The father further stated that when he exited the bathroom and called for his son – he didn’t get a response. The father then saw the door open and immediately went out to look for him. The search turned up nothing immediately around the home, so the father says he got on a bicycle and headed toward Highway 19 where he came upon the vehicles surrounding his son. He immediately approached and took custody of the child.
Deputies made sure both Dad and son got home safely. The case has now been turned over to the Department of Children and Families. The fathers name was not released.
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