EDLESTEIN — Police were called after passersby spotted a toddler pushing a play lawnmower along Illinois Route 40.
About 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Peoria County Sheriff's Office was summoned to a home off Route 40 outside Edelstein. When a deputy arrived, the resident said a woman had knocked on her door, accompanied with a 2-year-old girl, according to a sheriff's report. The woman said she had spotted the girl alone, pushing a toy lawnmower along the highway.
Another woman soon arrived at the residence, saying the tot lived at a nearby house also along the highway. She had taken the girl to that home before the deputy arrived.
The deputy went to that home and talked to the girl's father. He said he had been working on an outdoor light fixture while his 2-year-old daughter was playing nearby in the driveway, the report stated. He went into the house to get a tool, and went he returned outside the girl was no longer in the driveway. He assumed she had gone into the backyard to play, but she apparently had taken the toy lawnmower and headed along Route 40.
The deputy then talked to the girl's mother, who said she previously had warned the lass to never wander toward Route 40. The girl had abided, until Wednesday, the mother said.
"I talked to (the girl), along with her parents, about how she can get hurt if she goes to Route 40," the deputy wrote in his report. "I explained to (the parents) that they need to watch (their daughter) closer so she doesn't go to Route 40 again."