7-year-old boy who ran from teachers found at community center - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

7-year-old boy who ran from teachers found at community center

(WMC-TV) – The 7-year-old boy who ran from his school teachers at Cornerstone Preparatory School Tuesday afternoon has been located.

Mardragus Morton, nicknamed "Daddy'O", was located shortly after a City Watch was issued. He was found at the Lester Community Center.

Memphis Police Department deployed K9 officers, squad cars, and even a helicopter to assist in the search.

Morton reportedly went through a fence, and ran down the street after he got into trouble at school.

Action News 5's Justin Hanson was on the scene as the boy was taken away by family members.

Neighbors are happy to learn that he is OK.

"He's alright," said Tina Brown. "Thank God we got another baby home."

"I was trying to figure out why he was crying," added Jeanette Foster, who found the boy in her backyard. "He wouldn't tell me and I walked in the house and got him some tissue."

Foster said she took him into her apartment and then he took off again.

"Whatever went on at school, he was terrified of it," said Brown.

Brandon Young saw all of the commotion as he was walking down Tillman Street.

"Everybody was real terrified. He ran like that," said Young. "The Lord was with him and I'm glad we were able to help him or whatever."

The principal at Cornerstone Prep revealed the following information in an email to Action News 5:

"A boy ran away from school today. He squeezed through a locked gate that his teacher tried, but could not fit through and then he hid.

We immediately alerted the police, his family and sent several of our staff into the neighborhood to find him.

We found the child hiding. He is now home safe." - Lisa R. Settle, Cornerstone Preparatory School principal.

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