SALT LAKE CITY — A 2-year-old found wandering alone around a Salt Lake City apartment complex was placed into protective custody Sunday.

Police were called to the area of 1475 West and 400 South about noon and found the child walking barefoot. After canvassing the area, officers could not find a parent or guardian, so the toddler was placed into state protective custody, according to police.

About three hours later, the police department received a call from a relative reporting the child was missing.

The investigation into why the child was out alone and why no one called police for more than three hours was ongoing.

— Pat Reavy