5-year-old found walking alone

A five-year-old boy was found walking unattended on Meridian Street on Saturday morning in Greenwood and re-united with his parents.

A driver saw a young child walking by himself north on Meridian Street near County Line Road about 8:40 a.m. and called police, a Greenwood Police Department report said.

The boy was carrying a stuffed teddy bear and a picture frame, with a photo of himself and his mother in it. The boy didn’t know his last name, his mother’s name or his address, the report said.

The officer drove around the area with the boy for about an hour, trying to determine where he lived. When the officer was unable to find the boy’s residence, he handed him over to a representative of the Department of Child Services, the report said.

The boy’s mother, a Greenwood resident, called police to report her missing son at 2:30 p.m., the report said.

She said one of her sons was supposed to look after the 5-year-old while she went to prepare for and attend a family party in Indianapolis, the report said.

The mother had left her apartment at 6 a.m. The older son told police he woke up at 10 a.m. and saw that his younger brother was missing. He didn’t have a phone to contact police so he started walking around the area looking for the missing boy, who he believed had climbed on a chair to unlock the front door, the report said.

The Department of Child Services is continuing its investigation, the report said.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.