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Father found of child found wandering alone in Birmingham

Kusum Parmar
Image caption Kusum Parmar said she walked the streets with the boy trying to find his family

A three-year-old boy will be reunited with his father after he was found wandering the streets of Birmingham alone and barefoot.

The child, believed to be of Somali origin, was spotted by a woman outside her home on Chesterton Road in Sparkbrook just before 22:00 BST.

He was taken to a police station and an appeal was made to find his family through the media.

The search was called off after the boy's father reported his son missing.

Kusum Parmar, 62, a retired businesswoman who found the young boy, said he was obviously "distressed" and in "floods of tears".

'Knocked a few doors'

She said she walked the streets with him trying to find his parents.

"We went to alley by alley. He seemed to understand a bit when I spoke to him in English," she said.

"‎I knocked quite a few doors but decided if no one knew him I'd have to call the police.

"When they came, I said if they couldn't find anyone, just bring him back to me and I would look after him."

Image caption Police were called to Chesterton Road in Sparkbrook after the boy was found just before 22:00 BST

Ch Insp Ian Green, from Birmingham East Police, said: "We are very relieved to be able to hand 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."

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