Lockdown Lifted at Park Ridge's Lutheran General Hospital

Boy, 8, found safe after slipping away from grandmother during doctor visit

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012  |  Updated 4:32 PM CDT
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Lockdown Lifted at Park Ridge Hospital

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A temporary lockdown at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in northwest suburban Park Ridge was lifted Tuesday afternoon after an 8-year-old boy who'd vanished was found safe.

The boy reportedly fears hospitals and slipped away from his grandmother during a doctor's visit, said hospital spokesman Greg Alford.

The temporary, soft lockdown prevented anyone from leaving or entering the building, at 1775 Dempster St., and was intended to help hospital personnel locate the boy.

From NBC Chicago's helicopter, authorities could be seen checking each vehicle as it exited the hospital's parking lot.

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