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Barefoot Boy To Be Reunited With Family
A three-year-old boy who was found alone and barefoot in a Birmingham street is to be reunited with his family.
Police made an appeal on Friday morning to trace his parents and about an hour later the child's "distressed" father contacted police to report him missing.
The youngster was discovered in Chesterton Road, Sparkbrook - a few streets from his home - by a member of the public who alerted officers just before 10pm on Thursday.
They went to the scene and took him to a police station. He was later looked after by social services.
The child was believed to be of Somali origin but had been unable to give officers his name or any other details.
West Midlands Police say the child was black, has short black afro hair, and wore a yellow t-shirt and navy tracksuit bottoms.
Chief Inspector Ian Green, from Birmingham East Police, said: "We are very relieved to be able to hand back the little boy back to his family.
"We will of course be investigating how the boy got out of the house and we'll be speaking with the family.
"We would like to thank local people and the media for their help.
"We really appreciate all the shares and re-tweets on social media which we know has reached hundreds of thousands of people."
Earlier, Acting Inspector Amer Shams said: "This is obviously very unusual and worrying."