Parents Of Wandering Tot Located

Thursday, April 17th 2008, 6:12 pm
By: News On 6

It could be days before the parents of a Tulsa boy who wandered off are reunited with their child.  News On 6 anchor Latoya Silmon reports the 4-year-old remains in protective custody until a hearing next week.

A stranger found the 4-year-old boy near North Victor and Admiral in Tulsa. The bystander told police the child was walking in the park and headed for a busy intersection.

Police say the child wasn't reported missing so they went door-to-door with his picture in hand hoping to locate his parents.

Six hours later, they tracked them down and officers say the boy's parents had no idea he was missing.

"The child was staying at a relative's house. One of the family members got up to leave today while the other stayed asleep. Sometime around 10 o'clock, which is when the bystander found the child, the child apparently wandered out. When the family that was asleep came by they thought another family member had come by to pick up the child," said Tulsa Police Sergeant Whitney Allen.

It might sound very strange to the average person, but Sergeant Allen says these type of scares happen at least once a week.

It is unusual, however, that so much time elapsed without anyone noticing the boy was missing.

The case is under investigation. The parents will have to go before a judge to get the boy back.