Boy, 4, reunited with family after wandering away from home

Victoria police reunited a four-year-old boy with his family members Wednesday morning after he snuck out a window while they were asleep and wandered away from home.

Police were called to the 800-block of Hillside Avenue about 9 a.m. by passersby who saw the boy wandering alone. They gave him a sweater to keep him warm and waited for officers to arrive.

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Police realized the boy has special needs, but they were able to work with him to find out where he lived.

Police said the window the boy opened was missing a wooden dowel to make it secure, and no one in the family had gone to the hardware store for a replacement due to COVID-19 concerns.

Officers took on the task, measuring the window, purchasing the needed dowel and a padlock, and installing the items.

It was determined that the incident resulted from an unfortunate string of events and no one was at fault.

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