4-year-old found walking alone on street as guardians doze
A 4-year-old Indiana County boy found wandering along Terrace Avenue in Apollo prompted a door-to-door search to find the child’s guardian.
Apollo police Chief Paul Breznican said Logan Davis of Clarksburg in Indiana County was found wandering in the borough’s residential area just before 10 a.m. Thursday.
“A resident saw the boy cross Terrace and took him in before calling the police,” Breznican said. “No one in the area knew him.”
Members of the borough’s public works department, including Mayor Eric Andring, and Apollo Volunteer Fire Department Hose Co. Nos. 2 and 3 were called to assist in the door-to-door search.
Andring said the child was dressed in only a sweat outfit and socks.
According to the National Weather Service, the temperature at 10 a.m. was 45 degrees.
Andring was able to locate the boy’s aunt, Melissa Blystone, at 512 N. Seventh St., after knocking on about 15 doors.
Blystone’s residence is about 300 feet from the intersection with Terrace Avenue.
Breznican said Blystone was to be watching the boy while her sister, Erica Blystone, 24, of Clarksburg, was at a job interview in Oakmont.
“The child was to be asleep on a mattress in the front room at the house,” Breznican said. “The aunt and man who answered the door were sleeping on the mattress too.”
Breznican said he learned, after placing a phone call to the boy’s mother, that this is not the first time the boy has wandered off.
A phone number for the residence was disconnected.
Andring said the boy was transported to the emergency room at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, East Franklin, via ambulance to be evaluated.
He did not appear to be injured, Andring said.
Breznican said the boy was turned over to Armstrong County Children, Youth and Family Services.
Armstrong CYFS supervisor Dennis Demangone declined to comment.
No charges have been filed pending an investigation by CYFS.