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New info about unsupervised toddler found entangled in bungee cords

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Police did write a report in that case, but due to confidentiality, police can't say if they contacted child welfare groups. Police did write a report in that case, but due to confidentiality, police can't say if they contacted child welfare groups.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

On Friday, August 19, KHQ learned new information about the unattended toddler found caught up in bungee cords in north Spokane. Police say they went back to the home Friday to assist another agency that was following up on concerns at that house. SPD would not confirm what secondary agency visited the home.

Since May, police received three crime-related calls to the home. One call on possible car theft, one call on possible drug activity, and one call about someone throwing rocks.

In June, police did a welfare check after getting an anonymous call about kids from the home alone in the street.   

Police responded, but since an adult was home and the kids were OK, they left without writing a report or contacting CPS.

Over the last two months, police say children from that home were found unattended in the street two more times. When KHQ asked why no reports were written, police said adults were home by the time they got there, and there was no evidence of abuse. Officers said they did talk to adults in the home about making sure the gate is secure.

On Wednesday, when a toddler was found caught up in bungee cords, that was the seventh time police have been to the home in six months. Police did write a report in that case, but due to confidentiality, police can't say if they contacted child welfare groups.

KHQ put in a request for a copy of Wednesday's report. Police say they're not sure how long it would take to be released, as information that identifies juveniles would need to be redacted and no one at the home is a suspect of a crime at this point.

Police also said their records department is "drowning right now" because they are putting in a new computer system and are down staff members. Continue to check khq.com for new information on this story. 

If you have questions about neglect or abuse or need to file a report, click here

If you need information about emergency childcare and parental support, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane is one resource: http://www.vanessabehan.org/

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