PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police are searching for a missing toddler. Police say 2-year-old King Hill was last seen at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday near 31st and Page Streets in Strawberry Mansion.
King is 3 feet tall, 32 pounds, thin build, light brown complexion, brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing an orange and tan striped T-shirt, tan cargo pants, a gray hooded sweatshirt and sneakers.
Police say King was reported missing on Wednesday night by his stepfather. Detectives say they will air on the side of caution and say the child may be in danger.
“At this point in time, we have no idea where the child is,” Philadelphia Police Capt. Mark Burgmann said.
Burgmann says King was in the care of a babysitter, who is a friend of the stepfather. According to police, the babysitter told the stepfather she returned King to his biological mother.
The mother is disputing that claim, police say.
“The babysitter advised the stepfather that she had returned the child to the mother, however, that’s being disputed by the mother,” Burgmann said. “The biological mother is claiming she did not return the child to her. We are very aggressively investigating this to find out where the child is.”
Police say the story isn’t lining up and investigators are hoping to get to the bottom of what really happened.
“Somebody’s not telling us the truth,” Burgmann said.
Neighbor Sheila Ward was visibly distraught Thursday afternoon, telling Eyewitness News the entire block is praying for the toddler’s safe return.
“We found out that the baby was missing. All night we’ve been worrying about him,” Ward said. “We’ve been praying for the family. I just hope whoever has little King, please bring him home, his family, we all miss him and we need this little boy to come back home safe.”
King turns 3 years old at the end of the month and police are hoping someone at home has information about his whereabouts to make sure he’s able to celebrate that birthday.
“Everyone’s been cooperative so far, they have,” Burgmann said. “Like I said, it just comes down to one person said I returned the child, the others saying no she didn’t.”
Police are currently in the process of obtaining surveillance video to confirm if the babysitter actually dropped the child off to the mother.
Anyone with any information on King’s whereabouts is asked to contact police at 215-685-3257 or call 911.
CBS3’s Trang Do and Kimberly Davis contributed to this report.