At approximately 7:30 Wednesday morning, a two-year-old boy was spotted wandering alone down Hickory Street in Neosho, barefoot and in his pajamas.


At approximately 7:30 Wednesday morning, a two-year-old boy was spotted wandering alone down Hickory Street in Neosho, barefoot and in his pajamas.

A Neosho woman, who asked not to be named, was driving down the street when she saw the young boy in the middle of the road.   

“This little toddler was just running toward my car,” she said. “It’s not the sort of thing you expect.”

Upon spotting the child she stopped, picked him up, and took him inside a friend’s home nearby. They wrapped the child up and called the police.

“He was shivering when I found him,” she said. “He didn’t seem frightened though, he just stayed right there with me.”

She said she had been on her way to pick up a friend who lives on Hickory Street to go for their morning walk in Morse Park.
“It’s just fortunate it wasn’t one of those terribly frigid mornings,” she said, noting that it was in the mid-30s when she found the child.

“I just want the child to be safe,” she said. “I’m just glad I was there so I could rescue him and he is safe.”

Police Chief Dave McCracken said the child was taken to the city police station, where his parents called about an hour later, looking for him. McCracken said he could not say whether the parents knew their child had been missing the entire time or had only just discovered it. He said they live on Lincoln Street, a few blocks away from where the boy was found.

The child was placed into the custody of the Division of Family Services, McCracken said, until he could be placed into “alternative care.”

McCracken also said that formal charges of child endangerment would be recommended against the parents.