By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — SALEM — Police spent portions of Monday and yesterday chasing after unsubstantiated reports of unattended children — and children doing dangerous things.
At about 6:30 p.m. on Monday, an officer responded to a report that a child was on the train tracks near 280 Bridge St., according to the incident log. The officer found a 7-year-old boy at the tracks who was being watched by his father in a nearby vehicle.
“Both were advised that the tracks are at times active and not a place to play,” wrote an officer.
The next morning, at 7:50 a.m., police fielded an anonymous report that a child had been left unattended in a stroller on the Salem Common, near the witch museum. An officer responded but was unable to find any unattended children; men working in the area said they hadn’t seen anything fitting that description and the only other person the officer encountered was a woman walking with a stroller in the area of the basketball court.
“No unattended children found,” wrote police.
Another report of a child left unattended — this time in a vehicle — brought police to 138 Canal St. at 11:22 a.m., but the vehicle had apparently already left the area by the time they arrived.
Shortly before 1 p.m., an officer responded to a report that a child was locked inside a vehicle on Fort Avenue, though no exact address was provided. Police were unable to locate the vehicle and received no further reports of the situation.
Police in Beverly also dealt with an incident involving railroad property and a young child on Monday evening, when they fielded a report that a 4-year-old was on the tracks at 191 Essex St.
“Father advised to keep child off the tracks,” police wrote later.