A prison work crew kept a toddler safe after the child was found wandering alone on a rural highway, Maryland authorities said.
The six minimum-security inmates shared their lunches with the boy and played with him, while authorities spent hours trying to locate the 2-year-old's relatives, a correction officer said.
A dump truck driver had spotted the toddler early Friday on a hilly quarry road near the Pennsylvania line, a trooper said. The trucker then handed the boy to the litter-picking crew for safekeeping.
Troopers eventually found the boy's home. The father told police the child was being watched by a teenage daughter, who later left without notice.
Authorities were investigating.