Police helped the child in a Boone Street parking lot after a woman called 911 to report the incident. (Contributed)
A 3-year-old Johnson City boy found walking in the rain alone and wearing only a T-shirt Tuesday was returned to his father and there are no charges at this time.
Police responded to the call at 11:05 a.m. at Boone and Main Street where a citizen had noticed the toddler and stopped him.
Officer Shaun Miller wrote in a police report that witnesses reported a man, who identified himself as a neighbor, was calling the boy’s name and trying to catch up to him.
The woman who stopped the child told police that the neighbor told her the child lived on Wilson Avenue.
“When I arrived, I located the unknown black male (neighbor) and the child’s father on Wilson Avenue. According to the father, he left his son in the care of his 10 and 12-year-old brothers while he took a shower. The father stated that once he entered the shower his older sons began to play video games, thus neglecting to watch their brother,” Miller wrote.
Officer Bob Tallman called paramedics to the scene to check the child and the boy was found to be in good health.
The boy was returned to his father, but police referred the incident to the Department of Children’s Services.