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Allentown 3-year-old returned safely to family

Boy was found Thursday morning wandering alone

3-year-old reunited with family in...

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A happy ending to what could have been a terrible tragedy.

A 3-year-old boy, who was found wandering by himself Thursday wearing only a tank top and a diaper, is back with his family.

About 9:45 a.m., the little boy was found carrying shoes, wearing a lime green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle tank top and a diaper.

Police said his grandmother, who works third shift, was watching him and fell asleep while he was taking a nap But the boy woke up and headed out the door, according to police.

Police don't know when he left the house, but he was found near the Midway Manor elementary school, which is in the 2000 block of East Pennsylvania Street.

As a sympathetic mom to 3-year-old Ali, neighbor Alex Alvarado said she knows the pitfalls of parenthood.

"She's fast, she runs off all the time," Alvarado said of her daughter.

"We all get distracted," she said. "I have a lot of things to do and can't be 100 percent attentive all the time. I get that, I understand that."

After knocking on doors to find his family, Allentown police said they took the boy to Lehigh County Children and Youth Services.

He was reunited with his parents several hours later, and police don't expect any charges to follow.

To ensure little Ali is around, Alavardo said she locks the front door at all times, no matter who else in the home.

"I keep them close by, try to keep an eye on them," she said. Even if you didn't sleep well get some coffee to have to energy to be with them."

Allentown police said this happens more often than people might think. Authorities just ask parents to try and stay alert and vigilant.


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