Mom wants to thank people for finding 8-year-old son

Posted at 10:56 AM, Aug 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-26 18:56:29-04

Portsmouth, Va. - An 8-year-old boy who was reported missing overnight is home safe, and now the mother wants to thank the people who found her son. 

Strangers found the boy wandering alone near a BP gas station just under a half mile from home.

The boy had been reported missing since 11 p.m. Sunday night from the Dale Homes area.

Many people, including the child's mother, Shaunte Ward, and other family members were outside on Dale Drive this morning concerned about the missing little boy. They say now they are just relieved.

Shaunte Ward says he was staying with his cousin, Kivonda Outten, on Dale Drive. She put him to bed and then she woke up and realized he was missing.

Ward says some people told her they spotted him at a nearby gas station Sunday night. She says he was lost and was not wearing shoes at the time.

Someone spotted him and took him to a vehicle safely. He was able to give them directions to a friend's house.

His mother says he suffers from night terrors and does not remember what happened. All he remembers is waking up from his friend's house.

Shaunte would like to thank the folks who took action and helped get her son to safety. She would like to thank them in person.