Diaper-clad child found alone on street reunited with family - KCTV5

Diaper-clad child found alone on street reunited with family

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A 4-year-old boy found wandering a Kansas City street in his diaper is back home with his family.

He managed to sneak out an unlocked door near East Fourth Street and Troost Avenue about 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The boy wandered away from his home in the Columbus Park neighborhood. A driver noticed something wasn't right and called police.

"Awesome. Awesome. This community is great. It stands to show that we all care about one another. We urge everyone to continue to take care of each other in that manner," police spokeswoman Kari Thompson said.

Officers took on the role of comforting caregivers.

"They bundled him. They rocked him, and he went to sleep. He has been asleep pretty much through this whole ordeal," Thompson said.

The boy's family rushed to the scene when they realized he was missing. He was staying the night at his aunt's house Monday night. His mother saw his picture on TV. Both his aunt and mom rushed to be reunited with him.

"Best outcome. Definitely best outcome to reunite the child with a parent. Understanding the child is autistic, this is the best outcome we could hope for," Thompson said.

Police urge families to make sure doors and window are locked before they go to bed.

Officers say after interviewing the family members they do not believe any crime was committed. They did not issue any citations.

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