UPDATE: Mother of child found wandering contacts police - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

UPDATE: Mother of child found wandering contacts police

The mother of a four-year-old boy found wandering along Lamar Avenue early Monday morning has been located, police said.

The boy was found wandering along the road by a motorist around 4:00 a.m. Monday.  The motorist picked up the child and took him to a nearby truck stop, where he contacted police.

Investigators said the child initially told them his mother was driving and put him out of the car.

The child then changed his story, saying he heard a "loud monster" noise inside his home, and left the house. 

Investigators believe the child's second story is likely the truth.

"We're very thankful. We're thankful at this time because the situation could've been a whole lot worse," says Memphis Police Department Spokesperson Monique Martin.

The mystery began early Monday morning when police were called to a truck stop. 

A stranger had just dropped in and dropped off a healthy four-year-old boy he'd found wandering alone on Lamar Avenue mere moments earlier. The stranger then left the truck stop.

From her apartment on Sarabee Lane, mom called 911 shortly after 8:00 a.m., saying her child was missing and her door was open.

Police believe the boy left on his own and then wandered onto Lamar Avenue.

While the 911 call came miles from the boy's house, investigators don't know exactly how long he'd been on his own or where on Lamar Avenue that stranger picked him up.

Police want to find that stranger to collect information as they investigate possible criminal charges.

Martin adds, "We have not reached that point in the investigation where we know for sure that criminal charges will be filed against the mother or anyone else involved."

The child has been placed in temporary care by the Department of Children's Services while police investigate the incident.

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