Police locate parent of boy with special needs who was found alone in Fort Lauderdale

(Fort Lauderdale Police Department)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale police have located the parent of a 9-year-old boy with special needs who was found alone Monday morning, authorities said.

According to Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman Casey Liening, the child, who police initially thought was between the ages of 5 and 6, was found around 7:30 a.m. in the area of Northeast Third Avenue and Sixth Street.

Liening said officers were not able to obtain any information from the child, who was found wearing a gray tank top, blue underwear and no shoes.

However, police confirmed just before 9:30 a.m. that they had found one of the boy’s parents.

Liening said detectives have spoken at length with the boy’s family and it appears this was an isolated incident.

“Criminal negligence does not appear to be a factor,” Liening said in an email to Local 10 News. “No charges will be filed at this time.”

Liening said CPIS investigators were also called to the scene and will be following up with the family.

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