Wandering child in Whitby returned home safely

A seven-year-old child has been returned safely to his family after being located at a Whitby gas station early this morning.

According to police, an employee at the Ultramar gas station on Dundas Street West at Jeffery Street heard the sound of a child crying around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 20).

“The employee observed a small, male child near a gas pump wearing only a sweater and shoes. The child was trying to get into a car being fueled and the employee took the child inside the store and called police,” reads a media release.

“Officers attended and tried to communicate with the child, who was in good health but non-verbal. An officer bought the child some juice and the child was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. A child services agency was contacted and attended the hospital to assist.”

Police located the mother of the child around 6:40 a.m.

“She was searching the neighbourhood for her son. She advised that the child is on the Autism Spectrum and is non-verbal,” the media release reads.

“Despite the door being double-locked, the child was able to exit the residence by climbing onto a chair. No charges are anticipated at this time.”

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