SC toddler found driving down street alone in battery-operated car at night

Toddler playing on a toy  push car

SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. — Deputies┬ádiscovered a 2-year-old boy riding around in a battery-powered car by himself early Sunday morning.

WIS reports he was wearing a diaper and gray jogging pants when he was discovered by a woman at about 2 a.m.

After taking him back to the office, deputies opened an investigation and traced the battery-powered car’s track to the toddler’s home. The parents, who say they put their son to bed at about 9 p.m., were confused when they found out what happened.

Officials say the parents believe he got out of bed, unlocked the front door, got into his car and left the house.

“It doesn’t look like anything was malicious or intentional,” said Maj. Allen Dailey, according to WIS. “The child just woke up in the middle of the night and was able to get outside the house. We want to caution parents to be you know who have small children to be sure you might have child locks on your door where they can’t reach it or a chain where they can’t open the door.”

The investigation is ongoing, though it doesn’t appear that any charges will be charged.