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Barefoot Boy Found Wandering Streets Of Birmingham At Night

13/06/2014 14:47 BST | Updated 13/06/2014 14:59 BST

Police who found a three-year-old boy wandering the streets barefooted are to reunite him with his family.

The boy was found walking alone at around 10pm on Thursday in Chesterton Road, in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham.

Police took him to the local station after members of the public reported it. Social services then took charge of him.

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A police woman in Chesterton Road, where the boy was found

The boy, who is black and has short black afro hair, is believed to be Somalian and was "unable to provide officers with his name or any other details", police said.

He was wearing a yellow t-shirt and navy tracksuit bottoms.

West Midlands Police appealed for his family to get in touch and within an hour his "distressed" father came forward to report him missing.

His home turned out to be just a few streets away from where he was found.

Kusum Parmar, the woman who found the boy, told The Birmingham Mail: "He was running across the road, with his bare feet, crying, and I knew he was lost.

"I said 'What's the matter, darling?' but he didn't really speak."

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Kusum Parmar, who found the boy

She then wiped the boy's nose and took him to try to find his family.

"I thought he might recognise where he lived and I asked him 'Which one is your house?'" she said.

"At first I thought he was playing and had forgotten which house to go in. He did speak a little bit of English."

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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."