However, the child had to walk across the train tracks that bisect Patrick Street to get to there, Cooper said.
"We're very relieved the child is OK," he said.
The toddler was able to direct police officers to his uncle's house. The officers woke the uncle, who did not know the child had left the home.
The man was sober and alert when officers awoke him, Cooper said.
Officers have opted not to charge the man because there does not appear to be any "willful" neglect, he said. The child was not injured.
He has been handed over to another uncle who has a "better living situation," Cooper said.
Officers have attempted to contact the child's mother, but have been unsuccessful. Cooper was unsure if the mother even knew about the child's situation.Child Protective Services and the Charleston Police investigated the case.