Couple leaves toddler in apartment while they go to gym — William Esquerra & Nikola Eichlerova

A three-year-old’s 25-year-old father, soldier William Esquerra, & 24-year-old stepmother, Nikola Eichlerova, told police they left the child asleep in their Independence Place apartment just after 3 p.m. Thursday and went to the complex’s gym. As they worked out, the child woke up and exited the third-floor apartment, and made his way to the basketball court, where he was noticed by other juveniles who alerted an employee of the complex. The toddler was able to lead the employee back to his apartment, and the parents were contacted via phone. Security video shows them entering the gym at 3:30 p.m. and staying until they receive the call at 3:54 p.m. The child is currently staying with his grandmother in Franklin, TN.

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