Boy, 5, Found Safe After Wandering From Home

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.


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  • Dena K

    Aww bless this sweet child, glad he is safe.

  • Jade d. One

    Firstly, glad he’s safe. Now to the question of the ignored negligence. If the family took all the precautions to prevent tragedy, did they cross the road with him? Did they know ever step he took? Nope cause like every other kid that gets out he was alone. Had this been a young couple or a single parent there would be some charge. Stating that they did everything right is just wrong. If everything was done right this story wouldn’t exist.

    • Yup

      Do you have children? You do realize you can’t watch them every. single. second. Don’t criticize this family for actually realizing he was gone and taking action. They DID do everything right. The other stories we see are because children aren’t being watched at all and the parents are passed out and don’t even realize the kids were gone in the first place. Not everyone is the same. Yes, this shouldn’t have happened but not everyone is perfect and I think this instance is far different from the other ones we read about every week.

  • Someone who GETS it

    Hmm, the first two comments clearly come from folks who aren’t aware of what it’s like to care for someone with autism. I suggest you educate yourselves before jumping to conclusions. Your ignorance is showing.

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