NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Police were called to investigate after a 4-year-old boy was found alone outside of a home on Circle Street early Thursday morning.
When questioned, the mother said it was the first time her child wandered away from the home, but Niles Police said the boy was found alone three other times in 2015.
In the latest incident, two men called police after the boy came to their house, saying he was hungry. The boy did not know where he lived and when asked what his parents’ names were, he said “mommy and daddy.”
After investigation, an officer found the boy’s home and said the mother was confused believed he was in his room sleeping. Police said the woman’s husband had left to go to the store in the middle of the night, and a chain was on the back door but not the front.
The boy’s mother said she used to have the doors child-proofed, but her son figured out how to remove it.
Police said the father’s statement did not appear to match up with what an officer had seen at the home as he reported only leaving through the rear door, although that was the door with the lock that could only be locked from the inside.
Police were called to the address three times in 2015 for similar incidents, according to police reports.
On July 7 of that year, a neighbor told police the boy was running naked in the streets while his mother was sleeping. The father was called home to take the children.
On July 27, the child was found playing in a neighbor’s yard. The father took him home.
On August 1, he was wandering alone on the street again. Police said the incident appeared to be accidental and his aunt, who was babysitting him, brought him back home.
Children Services was notified of the additional report on Thursday, but no charges have been filed.