Boy found wandering alone reunited with family

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – Police say they have found the family of a little boy who was found wandering by himself in the parking lot of a Safeway store very early Friday morning.

The child is about 2 years old and he was found at about 2 a.m. at the Safeway on 16th Street south of Southern Avenue. Police said he was not communicative and could not tell them his name or where he lives.

Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department said the family was located shortly before 6:30 a.m.

According to police, the boy's older sister woke up to discover that Noah was missing and the front door was open.

She immediately woke her parents and they went into panic mode.

The family was reunited at the South Mountain Precinct of the Phoenix Police Department shortly before 7 a.m. Noah's father was quite emotional.

"I'm just glad he's back with me," Jesus Martinez said as he hugged his little son close. "I didn't even know he left that early in the morning. I just woke up to my daughter saying that the front door was open. I'm just glad he's back."

Noah was not injured.

Before releasing the little boy to his family, police went to his home to make sure nothing was amiss and there were no circumstances that would cause him to leave. Child Protective Services was involved in the process, which was a precautionary measure.

The family says Noah has a history of escaping, which is why they recently changed all of their locks and made some changes at home. Unfortunately, Noah figured it all out.