Grandfather in court after toddler found in busy Springfield street

Toddler wanders into rush hour traffic on Springfield street

The boy is safe after motorists and bystanders stopped to help.

Kimberly Heckman was waiting for a tow truck with her husband.

“Just luckily, I looked in the rear-view mirror looking for that tow truck and there he was,” she said. “I jumped out of the car ... it was four lanes of traffic so I was a little ways down the other side street and I just took off running.”

Seeing the boy brought to mind her four grandchildren, she said.

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“I have a grandson the exact same age as that little boy and that’s all I kept thinking in my head was ‘whoa,’ I couldn’t imagine. That was somebody’s baby, somebody’s grandchild.” 

The 2-year-old boy is the grandson of Starley Lynch, 60, who appeared Tuesday in Clark County Municipal Court.

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“I don’t understand what’s going on ... I’ve never been in trouble before,” he told the judge before pleading not guilty to child endangerment.

Police say Lynch fell asleep while watching movies with the boy and that when he woke up, his grandson was gone.

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