5-year-old Foyil boy found wandering on railroad tracks
Mark Friedel Staff Reporter
A 5-year-old boy was found wet, wandering alone along train tracks Thursday evening near Highway 66 in Foyil.
The child was discovered by a parent, who was driving to the nearby elementary school for parent teacher conferences, said Rogers County Sheriff’s Public Relations Officer Jerry Smittle. The stranger picked up the child, took him to the school and called the sheriff’s office.
Smittle said the boy had fallen in a pond and was soaking wet when he was discovered.
He said the Foyil elementary principal told deputies this was not the first time the boy was was found wandering across train tracks.
“The day before (Wednesday), a school employee discovered the child and his 8-year-old sister near the tracks,” said Smittle. “At that time DHS didn’t get involved.”
Department of Human Services were notified following the second incident, Thursday, and are in the process of investigating the matter.
The child was returned to the parents, who told deputies they had been searching for the boy for nearly 10 minutes after they realized he was not with his sister at a nearby friend’s house.
Smittle said the boy was returned home about an hour after he was discovered by the stranger. No charges were filed. DHS has taken over the case and will conduct interviews with neighbors to determine if other matters need to be addressed.