A Helena man has been cited for endangering the welfare of a child after a 2-year-old boy was found wandering in the street.

Officer Jason Zander tells the Independent Record that police received a call about the child at about 7 a.m. Sunday. After about an hour, officers found a basement apartment with an open door and toys in the vehicle.

Zander says officers questioned the resident, who said his child was there. When officers asked him to double check, he realized the child was missing.

The man said his son had figured out how to unlock the door and get out, and must have done so while he was asleep.

Zander says 28-year-old Timothy Anderson was cited because he knew it was a problem and hadn't addressed it.