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Sheriff: 3-year-old walked to Powhatan convenience store for Slurpee

Posted at 7:08 PM, Jun 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-19 06:54:46-04

POWHATAN, Va. -- A viewer reached out to WTVR CBS 6 about her concern for a young boy found in a Sheetz parking lot at 4201 Anderson Highway Thursday morning in Powhatan.

Powhatan Sheriff Gregory Neal confirmed the three-year-old left his home near the gas station because he wanted a Slurpee. The child, he said, slipped out of the house where an adult was supposed to be watching him.

Neal said deputies took the three-year-old back home.

A WTVR CBS 6 viewer, who  called police to alert them the child was unattended, said she overheard the toddler telling several men checking on his welfare, "I don't think they want me."

The woman said her heart dropped and she was very concerned about the little boy's safety.

WTVR CBS 6 passed that information along to Sheriff Neal, who said an investigation is underway and that charges could be filed in this case.

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