Child reunited with family after being abandoned in the woods by his father

OSAGE COUNTY, Okla. — A six-year-old boy is back with his family after being abandoned in the woods in Osage County.

Around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Tulsa police said they were called to 5100 N. Lewis Avenue for a child who went missing.

They said a family member had called police to tell them her six-year-old cousin had wandered off in a field somewhere.

The family member was not able to provide a lot of information to the responding officer, but did have the number for the phone the child was calling from.

A police officer said he talked to the six-year-old who said he didn’t know where he was at and that his father left him in a car in the woods.

Officers were reportedly at a nearby QuikTrip with family members trying to get more information on the situation. They said the great aunt arrived to tell them the father Dominique Saunders had arrived at her home at 4 p.m. and picked up the child.

Dispatch and officers said they were able to continue talking on the phone to the child, which was his father’s.

After two hours of searching and talking on the phone, police said they were able to locate the phone near 6900 N Phoenix Ave, in Osage County.

After officers arrived at the area, the child began honking the car horn, turning the lights on, helping the helicopter locate him in a wooded area of 3503 W 69th St N.

Tulsa police learned that the father was arrested by Osage County deputies around 7 p.m. and is now facing charges for child endangerment, second degree burglary, and grand larceny.

Police said the father made no mention of abandoning his child in the woods.

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