Father charged after barefoot toddler found wandering alone, police say

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (WHDH) - Police in Londonderry found a toddler wandering barefoot through the streets Thursday morning, authorities said. The child is safe and sound, but the boy’s father is facing serious charges.

Officers found a 3-year-old boy, Jayden, around 11:30 a.m. walking around at an apartment complex on Fieldstone Road. Police say Jayden’s feet and pants were soaked.

A resident in the area spotted the boy and called 911. Officers responded to the complex, but Jayden was only able to tell them his name, the color of his home and that he had a shed in his backyard.

With the help of social media and the public, police say investigators were able to track down Jayden’s mother. He was released into her custody.

Police say Jayden’s mother shares custody with his father. They say Jayden was staying with his father Wednesday night when he somehow escaped the apartment.

The boy’s father, 35-year-old Joseph Killgren, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.

Killgren was ordered held on $5,000 bail. He is slated to be arraigned Friday in Derry District Court.

The incident is under investigation. The Department of Children and Family Services has been notified.


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