Police searched Tuesday for the mother of two toddlers found wandering on a busy South L.A. street after they tried to get a loaf of bread.
Investigators were concerned about the well-being of Sidnicka Wilson, 32, of Los Angeles, after looking for her for more than a day now, said Los Angeles Police Capt. Lillian Carranza.
“Normally, we don’t have trouble finding parents,” Carranza said. “We’re concerned.”
The brothers, 2 and 3 years old, were first spotted inside a liquor store at Stanford and Manchester avenues Monday at 9 a.m., trying to get a loaf of bread.
A good Samaritan later saw them headed toward traffic and grabbed them before they walked into the road, Carranza said.
The 3-year-old ran back to his home, but police were able to find him with the help of a witness. Police described conditions at the house as deplorable.
“It was in bad shape, unfit for children or a pet,” Carranza said.
The two boys, who do not communicate very well, were underfed and soiled, she said.
It was not the first time the brothers attempted to get food from the liquor store. The pair went to the convenience store twice on Feb. 24 looking for food. Both times they were sent home, but police were not called.
The youngest had a birthday Thursday, officials said. The boys are now in the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Wilson already had six other children in the system, Carranza said, all of them older.
According to Los Angeles County court records, Wilson was convicted of loitering with the intent to commit prostitution in 2000 and theft in 2010.
Detectives have unsuccessfully searched for Wilson in hospitals, jails and the L.A. County coroner’s office. They have also been unable to identify any family members or the boys' father, Carranza said.
Wilson, described as 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds, could face possible charges of child endangerment.
“As we all know, there are two sides to every story,” Carranza said. “We’re not looking for her as a suspect, we’re concerned about her well-being.”
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