The Peoria Police Department said the search for an unattended toddler has been called off.
Just before 4:30 p.m. Monday, the PPD said after over seven hours, no children have been reported missing and no other information was obtained to believe a child was missing.
approximately 25 officers and detectives canvassed the area going door to door, including local businesses, in search of anyone with information. Police said open garages and yards were checked as well.
The command post in the area of Sheridan and McClure has been shut down. A K-9 search and drone coverage yielded negative results as well.
Earlier in the day, a witness said they spotted a child around 6:30 a.m. in that area. The witness described him as a black male with light complexion wearing a white long sleeved shirt, no pants, and brown cowboy boots.
He was crying and yelling for his mom. The witness apparently tried to approach the child, but he ran off southbound on Flora from McClure.