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Posted at 6:32 PM ET, 04/12/2010

UPDATED: Parent of Howard child found

By Washington Post editors

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Update, 6:30 p.m.: Howard County police said they have located a parent of a child found in the Laurel area Monday afternoon.

A man called 911 about 5:45 p.m. to report that his son was missing. Police have determined that the man is the father of the young boy.

Police said it appeared that the child might have walked out of his apartment. An administrator with Woods Elementary School in the 9200 block of North Laurel Road found the boy wandering around a school parking lot about 2:20 p.m. Monday.

Police are continuing to investigate. No charges have been filed at this time. The child appeared to be in good health.

Original post:
Howard County police are asking the public’s help in identifying a child found in the Laurel area Monday afternoon.

Authorities say an administrator at Laurel Woods Elementary School found the boy wandering on school grounds about 2:20 p.m. Monday. The child has not been able to offer any information about his family.

Officials say the boy, who is black, is believed to be 2 to 3 years old. He has a medium complexion and a small scar in the center of his forehead. He was wearing brown corduroy pants, a gray long-sleeve shirt with red and blue stripes on the sleeves and the number 36 in the center, and blue and white ankle socks and black and red sneakers.

Anyone who recognizes the child is asked to call Howard County police at 410-313-2200.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 6:32 PM ET
 
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Comments

Let's see: they found the child at 2:20 PM and his father didn't call to report him missing until 5:45 PM??? Really??? That's almost 3-1/2 hours from the time he was found until his father recognized the fact that his child was not in the apartment. I can guarantee you I would know where my 2-3 year old child was during that length of time.

Posted by: mbrumble | April 13, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Let's see: they found the child at 2:20 PM and his father didn't call to report him missing until 5:45 PM??? Really??? That's almost 3-1/2 hours from the time he was found until his father recognized the fact that his child was not in the apartment. I can guarantee you I would know where my 2-3 year old child was during that length of time.

Posted by: mbrumble | April 13, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

maybe dad laid down to nap with the boy and the kid woke up first, unlocked the door and wandered off. Maybe frantic dad was checking all the boys favorite hide-n-seek places, knocking on the neighbors doors, those whose kids played with his. Maybe he wanted to be sure he was actually MISSING and not just playing with his friends...

You don't know, and neither do I. But you seem mighty sure that the father is uncaring and that this kid is neglected.

Posted by: WilyArmadilla | April 13, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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