Toddler locked inside filthy house while father was out shoplifting

Friday, September 21, 2012 | 7:36 a.m. CDT; updated 10:21 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 21, 2012

CLAYCOMO — Authorities suspect a 3-year-old girl was left for hours inside a filthy Kansas City-area home while her father was shoplifting.

The girl was rescued Thursday after a bail bondsman went to her home looking for her father. The Kansas City Star reported that the bondsman called police about the situation.

Police called state child welfare workers after cutting a padlock on the front door.

Maj. Roy Griffin of the Claycomo Police Department said in a statement that the home was filthy with clutter everywhere. Griffin said there also were sharp objects like knives and needles.

Griffin said police believe the father left the child alone at 9 a.m. to go shoplifting. The father was arrested after returning home around 2 p.m.

The girl was released to her mother.

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