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3-Year-Old Has McDonald's Craving, Wanders From Home

Man Finds Boy Walking Down Street

POSTED: 6:52 p.m. EDT April 28, 2003

CLEVELAND -- Although his parents told him no, a 3-year-old's taste for McDonald's ended with a police escort home.

Live On Five Investigator Jodi Brooks reported that a child's four-hour disappearance had his family frantic, but the story might help other families keep their kids safe.

The boy was weaving by foot between cars on a busy street when Chester Pryor noticed him.

"Cars stopped both ways," Pryor said. "One driver brought him to the sidewalk, and he just walked on up as if he was at home."

The young boy was lost. His name is Nicholas, and although Pryor helped him to safety, getting him home was a challenge.

The boy didn't know his address or his parents' names. He just kept leading Pryor down the sidewalk.

"When we got to McDonald's, he said, 'We made it, we made it,'" Pryor said.

After feeding Nicholas some Chicken McNuggets, Pryor called police.

Pryor said his 3-year-old grandson, Dylan, is now learning his address.

By age 4 or 5, preschoolers should know their full name, address and phone number with area code; how to dial 911; and which low-risk adults to approach when lost, such as a police officer, a store cashier, a pregnant woman, or a woman with children.

Between the ages of 6 and 10, parents should teach the buddy system to their children, practice "what if" scenarios and develop a family password.

Nearly four hours after disappearing, police received a call from his parents, and the family was reunited.

"I was glad I was able to be part of getting him back to his family," Pryor said.

Nicholas' parents said it was a case where his mother thought Nicholas was with his father and his father thought he was with his mother.

They said they're not surprised Nicholas thought he could walk to McDonald's because they sometimes do that as a family.

They said they are thankful for Pryor and his generosity.
 

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My brother used to wander off like that when he was little. My parents had a few scares. It's interesting how some kids are really clingy and others seem to be born with an urge to wander around.
 

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My brother used to wander off like that when he was little. My parents had a few scares. It's interesting how some kids are really clingy and others seem to be born with an urge to wander around.
Yeah, I scared my parents a couple times too when I was 3-5. I'd wait till I was positive they weren't going to come check on me for more than 10minutes and I'd take off towards the zoo or I'd run away to my next door neighbours house.

I'm sure I scared my mom to death because all I have to do to get to the ocean is cross the street. That's how my uncle died. It was cute though. I'd pack my My Little Pony back pack full of my favourite toys, a change of underoos and I'd "run away".
 

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Nothing wrong with fast food if its infrequent. (Other than encouraging a taste for foods that enhance their flavor by adding fat and salt...)

I'm wondering if they were just trying to keep the kid calm.

I've heard the suggestion that kids should have their address/phone with them. I'm sure there are downsides to such information, but if a young child gets in an accident, its probably valuable information.

(And I was never a brat that wandered away from home. Instead, I fell asleep in the sandbox, just behind the 18" wall, and had my mother frantic for about 2 hours.
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<<<Done it.

Nothing wrong with a Happy Meal from time to time.
I've done it too.

Not all of us are perfect enough to completely avoid the evil empire of fast food. And I don't think we deserve to be beat up about it.

Never say "never" until you've had kids and truely "know" what you would do in every single situation... I don't think anyone will ever be able to totally prevent their children from going to McDonalds or similar at some point in their lives unless you hold their hand until they're 18? My children have been MANY places I swore they would "never" go... so I'm a crappy parent....

I wouldn't reccommend feeding a child without the parent's consent - but do we know how long the poor child had to wait? It says it was over 4 hours till his parents got there - How long since his last meal?

I think I'd rather know my child had been given SOMETHING to eat, regardless of what it was, if they were stuck waiting a terrible amount of time on an empty tummy.

Poor lil' guy. It's a cute story actually.
 

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Yeah, but... under 5 years old? I'm surprised.

I guess it's the way I grew up, no offence was intended. My extended family in the area is like that, too, toddlers/young children don't get fast food, not until they're closer to 9 or 10.
 

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Who gives a <5-year-old fast food?? Poor kid.
Well, it's not really worse than letting a 5 year old watch the Cartoon Network or a Walt Disney movie.

They somehow survive.

And the little tike was hungry and they were waiting for the police. (I still reckon the guy phoned the police BEFORE feeding him and the journalist got it wrong. This guy doesn't sound like he was an idiot.)
 
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