FAIRFIELD — A two-year-old boy who wandered out of his home and into the road in the rain Friday morning was found by a neighbor and returned home by police.

The neighbor found the boy on Crane Drive, took him to her home and dried him off before calling the police, according to Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey of the Waterville Police Department, which is overseeing Fairfield’s department.

The neighbor told police she found out he lived on the street after asking around the neighborhood where the child lived.

Officer Casey Dugas found the door of the child’s home at 19 Crane Drive open and found his father, Wesley Grose, 28, asleep. Another child was also in the home at the time. Grose, after he was woken up, identified the boy as his son.

Rumsey said the decision to return a child to a home is done on a case by case basis. After deciding the boy was not hurt or in any danger, Dugas returned the child to Grose.

Grose was charged with class D endangering the welfare of a child and is summoned to appear in Skowhegan District Court July 10.

Rumsey said the police reported Grose to the Department of Health and Human Services, which will conduct an investigation.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252
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