Police were last night interviewing the mother of a 2-year-old girl found outside a McDonald's restaurant on Saturday.
The toddler was spotted outside McDonald's in Otara about midday and had been in the care of police and Children, Youth and Family Services since then. No one had reported the girl missing.
Yesterday afternoon, police urged anyone with information about the girl to come forward.
By 9.30pm last night, the mother and a second relative came forward to claim the child.
The Herald story goes on to report that the girl was seen, alone, at the Otara markets at least an hour and a half before the police were alerted. When first seen, she was eating a lollipop, which would suggest to us that she hadn't been alone for long.
But it raises the question; why did it take so long for anyone in the family to come forward? How is it possible to not notice that a two-year-old is missing for more than two days? We remember back to the days when we had children of that age, and that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach we experienced if a child vanished for even a moment.
The most important aspect of this case of course is that the child is safe. We're sure that some searching questions will be asked before she is returned to her parents' care.