ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Officials from Missouri’s Department of Children and Family Services have visited a home in west St. Louis County where two toddlers were discovered wandering outside early this morning.
A newspaper delivery driver noticed the 3-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl just before 5:15 a.m. in the 12500 block of Fee Fee Road.
The driver told KMOX’s Brian Kelly that both children had coats on but the girl was barefoot and standing on ice.
“The little boy was stone face, but the girl was crying. So I picked her up and took her back to her door,” Brandon Mueller said.
Both were checked out as a precautionary measure but are expected to be OK.
When police arrived on the scene they woke up three men sleeping inside the locked house. It’s believed they were in charge of watching the children, though none of the men are the children’s father and its unclear what their relationship to the kids is. Authorities say officers discovered five other children inside the home.
A Spanish-speaking officer was on the scene this morning, assisting in the investigation as KMOX reports that there might be a language barrier between the adults in the home and the children.
When police arrived at the home, they smelled a gas leak and called Laclede. Everyone in the house was then ordered to leave after officials with the gas company found high levels of carbon monoxide.
St. Louis County Police also say it’s not clear if everyone living in the home is a legal citizen. Police spokesman Randy Vaughn tells KMOX that immigration services has been called and are investigating.