The kids, ages 2 and 3, were found near Manchester and Stanford avenues around 9 a.m. Monday. A Good Samaritan noticed the younger child heading toward traffic and stopped him. Another person spotted the 3-year-old wandering into a nearby apartment building, followed him and called police.
The boys were taken to a local police station in hopes that someone would report them missing or come forward, but they have been unclaimed so far. Police have not released their photos.
The mother has been identified as 32-year-old Sidnicka Wilson. Her whereabouts are unknown at this time.
Authorities determined that the boys lived with Wilson in an apartment building on the 600 block of E. 85th Street. Investigators are unsure if the boys were left in the care of someone else or abandoned the children. Police are also trying to determine if something has happened to her.
"Inside the apartment, it was in deplorable conditions, not fit for a child," said LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza.
Carranza said in an earlier incident, the 3-year-old was found in a nearby liquor store getting a loaf of bread to feed himself and his little brother.
The boys were placed under custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Anyone with information on Wilson's location is urged to call the LAPD at (877) LAPD-24-7.