Boy Found Wandering Without Shoes, Coat

Temperatures in Chicago were in the single digits late Thursday

By Nesita Kwan
|  Friday, Feb 28, 2014  |  Updated 2:55 PM CDT
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A young boy was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital late Thursday after being discovered by a stranger wandering the streets without shoes, a coat or a hat.

Chicago police said someone found the boy at approximately 11:45 p.m. near the area of 8200 South Avalon Avenue. The 2-year-old boy was wearing a gray sweater, blue jeans and argyle socks.

Officials said he was in good condition at the hospital before being picked up by someone from the Department of Children and Family Services.

It's not clear how long the boy had been outside, but neighbors said his mother didn't realize he was gone until about 6 a.m.

The child was treated and released from the hospital in good condition, and medical personnel described him as happy and jumping around.

Neighbors said they were concerned when they heard what happened

"I'm just glad they picked him up," neighbor Thomas Ellis said. "[Police] said he had no shoes, coat, hat. He's only 2 years old. With weather like this, he could have caught a cold or pneumonia"

A police officer told NBC Chicago that the boy's mother had been identified. The building engineer where the mother lived described her as a responsible mother. He said the boy easily could have gotten out by himself.

Temperatures in Chicago were in the single digits late Thursday night.

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