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Last updated on Wednesday, August 14, 2013
(BUCKTOWN) - No charges will be filed against the mother of a small boy found wandering in the Greene-Suillivan State Forest Friday.
Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Dustin Cain was dispatched to a location near the county line of Greene and Sullivan counties shortly after noon after a naked 2-year-old boy was found by Tim Lewellyn, an engineer for Smithville Telephone.
Lewellyn was driving through the forest on business when he came across the crying child.
The child was covered in bug bites, scratches and bruises. Lewellyn wrapped the boy in his shirt, gave him something to drink and took him to an area where he could get a signal on his cell phone and dialed 911.
Sheriff's deputies from Greene and Sullivan County responded, as did the Dugger Town Marshal and the Cass Township EMT.
Deputy Cain reported the boy's family resides just east of the county line in Greene County, about two miles from where the boy was found. Cain says if you cut through the woods the distance is a lot shorter.
Deputy Cain believes the boy was not running around for long without clothing. He believes the child took off his diaper somewhere along his travels.
While police were on the scene, a motorist stopped and informed police a woman was in the area looking for a missing child.
Deputy Cain located the woman, who was the boy's mother and got permission to take the toddler to the hospital because he believed the child was dehydrated.
The boy was taken to Greene County General Hospital, where he was treated and reunited with his mother after police gave her and another child a ride.
The Department of Child Services was called to investigate the incident.
Deputy Cain says the mother got busy and the child slipped out of her sight. When she noticed he was missing, she began a search for him, but the child had traveled a good distance from home.
Deputy Cain says at this time no criminal charges are pending and DCS is in charge of the investigation and if they deem necessary will contact the police department.
DCS released the child back to the custody of the mother Friday evening after interviews and a medical evaluation were completed.
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