Father of 3-year-old found wandering in Norfolk charged with child endangerment

The father has been charged with child endangerment.

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police say a 3-year-old girl was found wandering naked Friday morning in the parking lot of a restaurant.

“It was just heartbreaking to see that first thing in the morning. Especially in this neighborhood and her being naked, anything could have happened to her,” said Regina Abrams, an employee of the K&W Cafeteria.

Officers were called to location on Tidewater Drive around 6:30 a.m. Police say they found the child unharmed, and began searching for her parents.

“I was doing counting with her, ABCs, and they walked up and down the street there but we were just surprised no one called in looking for the little girl because she’s a beautiful little girl,” Abrams said.

The child’s father, 24-year-old Shawn Anthony, was found in the 7400 block of Pennington Road, where she was returned safely to him at 8:45 a.m. He told 10 On Your Side his daughter was naked because she had wet the bed earlier in the night. He was not sure how she got out, but says he intends to add more secure locks.

Anthony was charged with misdemeanor child endangerment. He was released on a summons, according to police.