Child reunited with parent after being found alone - KCTV5

Child reunited with parent after being found alone

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That boy is safe and was reunited with his mother later that day. (KCTV) That boy is safe and was reunited with his mother later that day. (KCTV)
MERRIAM, KS (KCTV) -

A child was reunited with his mother after a hotel called police saying a child was found alone. 

Merriam Police responded to the 6400 block of E. Frontage Rd. after 6:30 p.m. where a child, approximately two years of age, was found by himself. 

That boy is safe and was reunited with his mother around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday.

His family and everyone involved in the search are breathing a sigh of relief.

Matt and Angela Nape were visiting from Springfield, Missouri when they spotted the little boy at the Extended Stay America Hotel off I-35 where they were checking in.

“He just wanted me to hold him and make sure he was okay,” Angela Nape said. “We just kept asking, ‘Where's your mom? Where's your mom?’”

The couple says he was playing by himself.

They stayed with him a while, hoping an adult would come find him.

“We figured someone lost track, but after 30 or 40 minutes, no one came looking for him,” Matt Nape said.

They then alerted the hotel manager, who called the Merriam Police Department.

“We checked around, knocking on doors,” Cpl. Nick Weiler said. “Didn't have anyone answer.”

Weiler said the boy was too young to tell them which room he came from.

“You could tell he was getting a little cranky,” Weiler said. “Eventually we brought him back here and he fell asleep.”

The boy's mother saw her son's picture online and rushed to the hotel thanks to a social media blast.

She told KCTV5 News off-camera that he had wandered away from the babysitter staying with him in the room while she was at work.

Police carried the toddler safely back upstairs to his room.

“She was glad her son was safe, but not happy about the circumstances,” Weiler said.

Merriam Police say they are still investigating why the child was alone.

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