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Smart toddler finds her way home with Spokane officers' help

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Sunday night Spokane officers on the graveyard shift responded to the intersection of Regal and Everett after someone called to report a found child in the area. When officers arrived they took custody of a 3-year-old. In a Facebook post Monday police described the toddler as "one of the brightest 3 year olds around." 

Police say a concerned neighbor had seen the toddler pounding on the glass door of a secured apartment building in the area. While officers were waiting for the fire department to show up to let them into the apartment, they spoke with the little girl who was able to tell them her mom's first name and even point out her mom's blue car. 

When the officers ran the registration of the car (a dark blue/purple SUV), they found the registered owner had the same name that the toddler had told officers. 

A tenant in the apartment building let officers in, but didn't recognize the little girl. Police were prepared to go door to door to find the parents, but instead asked the toddler where she lived and she pointed up.Officers brought her upstairs, put her down and asked her to show them the apartment. Without hesitation the girl bolted to an open apartment door where officers were able to find the the toddler's parents. 

Police say it appears that the toddler had just begun to learn how to turn doorknobs, and that this was just an incident of a "stealthy toddler" that snuck out without her parents' knowing she left. The parents had even put an alarm on the door, but it didn't go off.

Officers recommend all parents talk to their children about going outside at night and to install a second or even third locking device out of reach of the toddler.

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