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      Syracuse Police locate family of child found on Dewitt Street

      Syracuse Police were looking for the parent of a 5-year-old child who was found walking in the 400 block of Dewitt Street around 9:40 a.m. Wednesday morning.

      Police located the child's grandparents by early afternoon.

      Police say the girl walked to DeWitt Street from her home in the 1000 block of Grant Boulevard, about hald a mile away.

      Police say the girl??s aunt, 27-year-old Jamie Harrison, and her grandmother, 50-year-old Paulette Smith, were caring for the girl. The family realized the girl was missing at 10:30 a.m. after the aunt and grandmother woke up from taking naps

      Police say the girl walked out of the house and was located by the landscaper.

      The girl??s family didn??t call 911 until 12:21 p.m., after the girl's photo had been released to the media. Police also sent out an emergency notification call, which was received at CNY Central just before 11:00 a.m.

      CNY Central spoke with the woman who found the little girl. Jennifer Canaan says she was doing landscaping in the area when she found the little girl wandering around alone. Canaan says she saw the girl crying, walking with a shirt and no pants, and asked her if she was ok. She then called police. Police told CNY Central that the child was unable to tell police her name.

      Harrison and Smith were both arrested for endangering the welfare of a child and issued appearance tickets. Onondaga County Child Protective Services was notified of the case.

      The child was unharmed.