A BABY who crawled out of his house and then across a busy street escaped by "accident" after leaving through the front door.
The photo taken by a shocked motorist in New Jersey shows the 10-month-old boy, on all fours, crawling across the tarmac in front of his car.
Cory Cannon, 41, said he was driving to work in Lakewood at 5pm on Saturday when he spotted something in the street and braked.
He told Ashbury Park Press: "I thought it was a toy or something until (the baby) moved.
"I knew I needed to get some sort of proof and my GPS was open on my phone, so I used my work vehicle to slow down traffic behind me and took the pic as I was exiting the vehicle and halting oncoming cars."
Mr Cannon said he called police.
But a women who answered the door of her home told a reporter: "It was an accident.”
Lakewood Police Capt Gregory Staffordsmith said the investigation revealed the infant may have left through a door left open by an older sibling and the family was unaware he had left until a neighbour returned with him.
Mayor Ray Coles said social workers had been in contact with the baby's family.
He said: "Anytime you have a child that’s endangered they get involved to make sure the child is safe.”
Neighbours and friends of the family did say the child's parents were devoted people who made a mistake, according to reports.