Toddler Found Wandering in Yamacraw Village Alone

Police found the child near the busy intersection of Broughton St. and MLK, Jr. Blvd.
Police found the child near the busy intersection of Broughton St. and MLK, Jr. Blvd.

Plenty of people wouldn't walk the streets at night; however, imagine a toddler wandering around by himself. Police found a three year old boy, naked and walking alone near Yamacraw Village shortly after one o'clock Wednesday morning. Fortunately, "Michael" is OK and in protective custody, thanks to the neighbor who spotted him and called police.

He ran down Zubly Street toward Martin Luther King, Junior Boulevard, naked and probably frightened.

"He was coming up this street, this way and when he hit that light," Valerie Armstrong gestured toward the streetlight, "that's when I saw him."

Armstrong couldn't believe her eyes.

"I saw this baby running up the street, buck naked," she said, "and I looked up and I said, "what is that?" I got up because I was scared. I didn't know what it was."

She wasn't sure what he was doing out all alone, but she knew she had to do something, so she called police.

"It could have been my child," she explained. "It could have been anybody's child because I have a child of my own and it scared me because I know young kids go missing these days and I didn't know what to think. I was just scared for the child."

A short time later, police found the little boy near Martin Luther King, Junior Boulevard and Broughton Street, in good condition and good spirits, but naked and leaving police puzzled why he was all alone.

"We want to get to the bottom of this about how this child was running around at one this morning, naked, and why he wasn't where he belonged," said Savannah Chatham Police spokesman Bucky Burnsed.

The boy told police his name was Michael and that his mother was fighting, although police said they didn't have any calls about domestic disturbances in that area. A woman claiming to be the child's mother called police Wednesday afternoon. Police have scheduled a juvenile court hearing to try to find out what happened. In the meantime, Michael is in protective custody at Greenbriar Children's Center.

Reported by: Liz Flynn,