MCKEESPORT (KDKA) – A 5-year-old autistic boy wandered away from his home and onto the streets of McKeesport Monday morning.
According to police, his family took all the right actions to prevent a tragedy and he was found safe and sound.
Today’s drama began when 5-year-old Noah went out on an adventure by himself.
“He went out the basement door to take a walk on the normal route their granddad always takes them,” Noah’s aunt, Yolanda Henderson, said.
The problem this time was that he went out for a walk by himself.
“He was just walking down the street enjoying the weather, I guess,” Henderson said. “I didn’t have my glasses on, I didn’t have shoes on. I jumped in my car and went looking for him.”
Noah is autistic and is unable to communicate. His grandmother and police jumped into action quickly.
“The grandmother called right away, which got the officers up into the area,” McKeesport Police Captain Tim Hanna said.
A neighbor found Noah wandering around and called police. He was reunited with Henderson about a block away from his home.
“Just a good outcome. Not one of the things that you hear about where we have something bad happen. Some good work by our police officers and [it was] completely an accident, not any negligence or anything on the part of the family,” Captain Hanna said.
The family has gone out of their way to secure the house to prevent something like this from happening.
Now, they will be raising the locks and making some other changes to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.