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CLAYCOMO, Mo. — A bail bondsman found a 3-year-old girl alone in a home in Claycomo, and police say it was her father who left her behind.

The home was also reportedly littered with clutter and filthy. Police think the child may have been there for about five hours. When police arrived at the home, they had to cut a padlock off the front door.

Police say the father arrived home at about 2:00 p.m. They say they found him in possession of stolen items and believe he had been shoplifting.

The Division of Family Services was called in, who contacted the mother. She said she didn’t know the father was leaving their daughter at home.  DFS released the child to the mother. The father faces charges of child endangerment.