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11-Year-Old Boy Safe After Being Found Along The Side Of The Road
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Jun. 12, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 12, 2012 6:17 PM EDT
South Point , Lawrence County , Ohio
A mentally disabled boy from Lawrence County, Ohio is safe after he was found wandering a main road earlier today.
Ohio State Highway Patrol officers say Trent Turner, 11, was walking barefoot along County Road 120 in the Burlington-South Point area about 8:30am Tuesday.
The boy's dad was reportedly the last one to see him about 6:30am Tuesday before he left for work.
The boy managed to make it about three miles from his home in the span of a couple hours. Troopers say his mother didn't report him missing until just before noon.
An aunt and cousin of his met him at the scene and he is now in the care of his grandmother. Cousin Sandy Reffitt says, "It scared me. I didn't know what had happened to him or where he was." She says she felt major relief when she saw him this morning. "Relief. Relief that he's safe."
A passerby noticed the boy, who suffers from an extremely rare genetic disorder called De Barsy Syndrome, and called 911. Troopers quickly responded, but couldn't communicate with him. They got his picture out in the media... and a cousin and aunt identified him and came to pick him up at the scene. They say they are extremely grateful to the people who stopped to help.
Reffit says, "Very thankful, i mean he could be anywhere." Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. J.P. Kisor says, "It's kind of a happy ending. I mean it could have been a lot worse than what it was."
He did get checked out at the hospital, but was released to a grandparent's custody shortly after. Family services did visit the home to see why this happened, but troopers believe it's an isolated incident. Sgt. Kisor says, "They've lived in the county for quite a long time, and children's services has never been involved. This is just an unfortunate incident where he snuck out of the house away from his parents and was missing for awhile."
His parents are facing charges and are set to appear in Ironton Juvenile Court Wednesday. They could regain custody then.
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