Boy found wandering alone reunited with mother

By: WEAU Staff Email
By: WEAU Staff Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – A little boy spotted alone speeding towards a busy Eau Claire street, started a long chain of events Friday morning to get him to safety.

"I saw a little boy sprinting across Dewey St. And, 'Where's his mom?' I looked and he's running towards Farwell, and we looked at each other and just ran across the street," Vanessa Helland said.

Helland and Jenna Jasurda's morning walk was interrupted when they found a 3-year-old boy alone on Main Street in Eau Claire heading towards the much busier Farwell Street.

"We tried to get him to tell us where his house was, and he took us the other way down the street. So then we convinced him that we could show him some fire trucks, and brought him to the fire department," Jasurda said.

"Being a little boy, I can't imagine he would complain about having to see some fire trucks," Helland said.

Armed with shiny trucks and a new plastic hat, firefighters were able to keep the boy calm and entertained until his mom was located.

"We talked to the child and were able to get at least a first name and then kind of where we thought mom was staying," Eau Claire fire inspector Michael Laska said. "Then they started the phone network from there to locate and contact mom."

Within an hour, police were able to find the boy's mom, who said she was working, and a friend who was watching her son Friday morning, fell asleep.

Police said there won't likely be any criminal charges, but that it's important for the boys' parents and anyone with a child to know the potential dangers of an unattended toddler.

"As a community, we should be grateful that we have police and fire and that we have citizens that are willing to step up and get involved when something like this happens," Eau Claire Police Department spokesman Kyle Roder said.

"I'm just glad he's ok. That's the biggest thing, making sure they found where he's supposed to be," Helland said.

Police praised Helland and Jasurda for getting the boy to safety, and knowing things could have ended up much worse, are asking parents to be attentive and use child proof locks.

"We want parents and anybody watching children to understand that you have to keep your eyes on children at all times, especially toddlers. They want to get into anything that they can, and we want people to be safe," Roder said.

"If you do lose a child, please call 9-1-1 right away, the more eyes out there looking, the quicker and better results you get for finding that child," Laska said.


EAU CLAIRE, Wis., (WEAU) - A little boy was found wandering around Downtown Eau Claire Friday morning.

The boy was by himself, and appeared to be around 3-years-old.

The toddler was found by a city employee.

The child was taken to the Dewey Street Fire Station where police were called to investigate.

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