A Brooklyn mother has been arrested after her 5-year-old son was found riding his bike alone near a busy intersection on Saturday night. Witnesses spotted the youngster out on his bike at approximately 10:30 and reported the sighting to the police who were able to safely bring the boy to the police station.
According to NBC News, the police stated the boy had "special needs" which prevented him from being able to tell the police the names of his parents or where he lived. In hopes of finding out who the little boy was, the police released a photo of him and his bike at approximately 1 pm on Sunday. It was about 3 pm on the same day that his mother, Nichole Spencer, arrived at the police station to report her son missing.
"[The child] has been identified and reunited with family," a New York Police spokesperson confirmed via email to the Daily Mail on Sunday night. "The child was unable to provide contact information for his parents/guardians nor was he able to provide his home address. He is in good physical condition."
The little boy was only about a mile away from his home when he was found, discovered just 12 blocks from his home. Spencer reportedly told the police that she thought her son was with his father when she went to bed on Saturday night. The father had thought that his son was with Spencer. When they both realized he was missing the next day, Spencer went to the police station to file the report.
The young boy spent the night in the care of the Administration of Children's Services. Spencer, 45, of Brooklyn, was arrested and charged with acting in a manner injurious to a minor and is set to be arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court.
The NYPD is asking anyone with information about the incident to call their Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). "The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential," the NYPD said.