Lost and unable to identify himself, six-year-old boy shows up at Cornwall splashpad

The Cornwall sign along Hwy. 2. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Police called, strangers help find mother in Lamoureux Park

CORNWALL — Cornwall’s splashpad briefly turned into a scary place for a little boy who went missing in Lamoureux Park for a period of time on Sunday.

The six-year-old was returned to his grateful mother by strangers who noticed him some distance away from the splashpad, unaccompanied by an adult.

Josh Jarvis said he found the youngster lying in the grass about 500 meters away from the aquatic attraction. He was crying and unable to identify himself. “I just knew something wasn’t right, so we did everything we could to get him back to his mother, and it all went well!” said the Cornwall resident, communicating with NVN via Facebook Messenger. 

The event also made a splash on social media after a concerned citizen at the park posted about the lost, unidentified boy on the Cornwall Swap, Sell & Trade Facebook page, drawing a substantial amount of attention to his plight that day (since taken down).

Jarvis said his girlfriend stayed with the child while he and his daughter went looking for the mother. Another person called police as the duo began searching. “Luckily,” he said, they found the woman and brought her to her son. “Everything ended great,” Jarvis said of the otherwise “very scary situation.”

“I have an 11-year-old daughter and a little boy on the way so I couldn’t imagine the feeling.”

“I’m just glad he was able to be back with his mom,” he said.

It turned out the boy wandered away from his mother while she changed the diaper on his toddler sibling. According to Jarvis, he was supposed to go to the slide but instead “chose to go and play ‘hide and seek’ without anyone knowing.”

“It was just a honest mistake of a little boy being adventurous, lol.” 

The anecdote was also relayed to the Cornwall Community Police Service officer who had quickly showed up as a result of the call. There were no further implications. Cornwall Community Police Service communications coordinator Stephanie McRae confirmed the CCPS responded to the reported discovery of a lost child in the park around 4:30 p.m. “Shortly thereafter, he was reunited with his mother,” McRae added.

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