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Emergency responders find 4-year-old alone at busy intersection

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Horn Lake, MS -

(WMC-TV) - Emergency responders in Mississippi are being called heroes after finding a 4-year-old boy wandering around a busy intersection.

The boy was found near the intersection of Goodman Road and Tulane Road in Horn Lake.

"We cleared a call and we were driving down Tulane and we saw a child running down the side of the street," said Christina Priola. "It's raining, it's cold, and 4-year-old child standing on the side of the road playing, and you know at that time of night, you would think, where are the parents?"

"It's raining, it's cold, and 4-year-old child standing on the side of the road playing, and you know at that time of night, you would think, where are the parents?" said Horn Lake Mayor Nat Baker.

That is the question first responders wanted to know, too. After they removed the child from the roadway, law enforcement spent more than two hours trying to find the boy's parents.

"I asked him what his name was and I asked him where he lived and who his mother was and the only thing he told me was his name," said Priola.

With no luck tracking down the boy's parents, police called the Department of Human Services to take custody of the child. Action News 5 was told the boy was supposed to be with his grandmother who did live nearby.

"It was around 6:30 at night, so it was pretty cold, I think it was in the 30s that night and he was pretty cold he was shivering," said Priola.

Priola is just glad her team was able lend a warm and helping hand in a situation that could have had a very different ending.

Horn Lake Police tell me they have turned all of their findings over to the Department of Human Services.

It is an ongoing investigation and it is unclear at this point if charges will be filed.

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