Lexington Police thank Good Samaritan for watching over child

A resident prevented a potential tragedy Monday by taking the time to make sure a child was safe while playing outdoors.

According to the Lexington Police Department, a 3-year-old was observed leaving Virginia Hylton Park unattended around 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26. A person heading out of the park at the same time noticed that the toddler was following behind and was not with another adult.

The person stopped to speak to the child and safely escorted him back inside the park. The “Good Samaritan” was able to find another adult exiting a nearby restroom who said she could take the child back to his mother.

Officers with the LPD arrived at the scene at approximately 5 p.m. to follow up on the incident. Chief Terrence Green would like to thank the unidentified adult for preventing a worse situation.

Residents are reminded that call boxes are located within all town parks for any emergencies that arise.