Three toddlers found abandoned in an east Bakersfield apartment Thursday morning had been left alone for as long as two days with little food and required medical care, Bakersfield police said.

Police found them at 9:45 a.m. after responding to the 1300 block of Niles Street.

According to police, the mother may have left the children in a relative's care two days earlier. Police said, however, the relative may have abandoned them.

Bakersfield Code Enforcement deemed the apartment uninhabitable.

The toddlers were taken into protective custody. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the BPD at 327-7111.