BOSTON — A scary and strange story came to a happy ending for neighbors, police and the family of a 4-year-old boy named Mario.
Our cameras spotted Mario in the back of an ambulance, sitting on his mom’s lap and surrounded by medics right around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Medics took him to the hospital to get checked out as a part of standard procedure.
Police drove his mom to where he was found after mom and her friends had spent the previous few hours looking for him.
“I live up the street and I saw a little kid in the ambulance screaming ‘Mommy, Mommy’ in Spanish. I said, ‘I think they found the kid,’” said Antonia Iantosca. “He was definitely nervous.”
Police said the call came in right around 5:00 p.m. but that Marion had been missing since 10:30 a.m.
Police are still investigating how he left the house and what happened in those eight hours, but sources tell us from their preliminary investigation the kid somehow wandered to a home about five minutes away and was almost hit by a car when a man guided him off the street. It’s unclear why the man didn’t call police right away when he found Mario, but it does sound like there was a language barrier between the child and the man.
Police are also still investigating what took the family so long to report Mario.
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