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Police: 3-Year-Old Found Alone in Pajamas on Nanuet Street

Boy returned to his nearby home safely; Child Protective Services contacted.

A 3-year-old boy in Nanuet was on his own this morning on the street, though the youngster didn't make it far from home.

Clarkstown Police received a phone call Friday at about 9:30 a.m. reporting a boy dressed in pajamas standing alone on Lawrence Street in Nanuet, near the Pasack tunnel.

Before the police arrived, the 911-caller recognized the boy and took him home. The youngster's house was about 100 feet away.

Police learned the boy's mother was in the shower when he walked outside. After leaving the shower and learning the boy was no longer home, the mother assumed he had travelled next door to his grandmother's house, police said.

The mother then left for work, according to authorities.

The grandmother told police she had not seen the boy today. She generally cares for the child when his mother is at work, and is licensed to operate a daycare from her home, police said.

"The boy was uninjured and in good health," Clarkstown Police Sergeant Jo Anne Fratianni told Patch.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident, and have contacted Child Protective Services, Fratianni said.

Marcos Mess December 01, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Um , not for nuthin..BUT.... you assume he went to his Grandmas and leave for work? If you bothered to at least say good bye to your boy maybe you would have realized. Don't EVER leave your house without giving your loved ones a kiss goodbye.... you never know when or if you will see them again. A terrible way to think, but it may have saved this kids life instead of someone finding him before he got run over and you NEVER saw him again.
Marcos Mess December 01, 2012 at 04:35 PM
How is it that , as a MOTHER.... you can ASSUME that your child is somewhere? A 3 year old child..??? you assume is somewhere? you dont drop everything and look for him first? I know my wife and I wouldn't be able to function until I KNEW where my child was if this were to happen. and as a matter of fact...we put an alarm on the door so if he wandered and opened the door the (personal alarm radio shack sells) alarm would go off and we could prevent anything from happening.
AuntLes December 03, 2012 at 04:01 AM
All aspects of this story are disturbing. Mother ASSumes child went to grandma's on his own. Question arises if the child has been allowed to do this before. Mother doesn't know what child is up to while she is showering. So many points about horrible lack of responsibility here. However, the next question coming to my mind is if grandma usually cared for child and child doesn't arrive - doesn't grandma reach out and try to determine where child is? "The grandmother told police she had not seen the boy today. She generally cares for the child when his mother is at work, and is licensed to operate a daycare from her home" - I can not believe that there is ANY possible excuse or reason for this to have happened. Not one.
dianne herring February 20, 2013 at 05:50 PM
I know this is late but I live in the trailer park by the tunnel and you'd be amazed at how many young children are outside playing by themselves. Many are out after dark too. It does not surprise me this baby went unnoticed. Thank God he wasn't hurt and shame on the mother.
Ruby Frae February 20, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Send grandmother to jail then mother will have to stay home

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