The boy dropped off Friday morning at the wrong school has been reunited with his family, Bellefontaine Police said.
The boy walked into the Grace Lutheran Chapel and School about 7:30 a.m. with a group of students, Principal Eric Brofford said. The extended care worker immediately recognized that he was not a student at the school of 170 students, but was unable to stop the vehicle that had dropped him off.
The boy said his name was “William” or “Willie” and he was 2 years old.
Bellefontaine Police Sgt. John Thompson said the boy is 3 years old and has been reunited with his maternal and paternal grandparents; and with his mother by phone by 11:30 a.m. Friday.
The boy told the school on Friday morning that his mom’s name was “Mommy.”
“Apparently there’s not good communication within the family,” Thompson said, and a grandfather dropped the boy off at the wrong school. The boy does attend a school program at another school.
Thompson said the Department of Family Services will do a verification of child safety, but after multiple interviews and an investigation the department is not pressing charges.
A boy was dropped off at a school Friday morning, but he does not attend the school and teachers and administrators didn’t know who he is.
He was too young to provide his address or family information. He told the school his mother’s name is “Mommy.”
A woman at Bellefontaine City Hall said relatives of the boy were at the station at about 11:15 a.m. Police were not immediately available for further information.
The boy told the school that his name was William or Willie, and said he is 2 years old. In a photo posted on FOX 2, he was wearing a red zip-up jacket. He was dropped off by an African-American woman who had braids coiled on top of her head; she was driving a small red truck.
The school’s principal said the boy was dropped off at about 7:30 a.m.; he is with the Bellefontaine police on Friday morning. He was wearing a red zip-up jacket; the school said his clothes were neat and clean and his shoes appeared nearly new.
Principal Eric Brofford said the boy came into the school’s extended care program with a group of students. He said the worker “recognized he was not one of ours” and tried to get the truck driver’s attention but was unable to before she drove away.
“He told us he was 2. If he is 2, he’s tall, or ready to turn 3,” Brofford said. “We sat him down, gave him a coloring book; he was fine.”
KSDK reported that Bellefontaine Police were leading the investigation; call 314-867-0080 with any information.
Brofford said the school has about 170 children ages 2 through 8th grade. Classes started in August; he’s never had an unknown child at the school before.