Wandering girl, 4, reunited with family

A 4-year-old Grand Rapids girl was reunited with her family a short time after being discovered crossing U.S. 31 in Grand Haven by herself Wednesday evening.
Becky Vargo
Jun 16, 2012


Police were called to the area of U.S. 31 and Grant Street just before 8 p.m. when they received a call about a child crossing the busy intersection alone.

Lt. Joe Boyle of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety said officers found the girl at the intersection, and were able to find out from her that she was staying at her grandmother’s house. She was not harmed.

They took her for a ride around the neighborhood to see if she recognized her grandmother's house, but they were not successful, so she was taken back to the police department.

In the meantime, officers located the girl's 15-year-old brother and brought him to the police station.

Boyle said the boy was babysitting his five siblings at his grandmother’s house in the 1000 block of Slayton Street. The children had been playing outside and the 4-year-old girl was missing when they went back inside.

Boyle said the mother, who had been at work, and a representative from Child Protective Services met at the police station. The child was then turned over to her mother.


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