Boy Who Wandered Away from Preschool Tells Story of His Journey

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AUBURN—

It’s hard to even fathom that 5-year-old Alexander Pappas walked out of Bell’s Preschool in Auburn to the outside world for 45 minutes.

This preschooler’s goal to get out?

“Walk to Target,” Alexander says.

“Was it easy to get out?” we ask.

“Yeah,” he says.

So easy, that a report from the Child Services states it was 30 minutes before anyone noticed Alexander was missing.

“It was devastating. So many things could’ve happened to him. So I’m just really grateful,” says Dana Pappas, his mother.

Consider that Alexander walked down to Atwood Road, a two-way path with no sidewalks.

“I was walking I pushed the button and walk on the street and there was no cars,” Alexander says.

“You crossed the street by yourself?” we ask.

“I pushed the button,” he says.

Alexander passed by a large marshy pond, the county jail and the sexual offender registrar’s office

“Yeah. But I didn’t play in the pond,” Alexander says.

“Who stopped to help you out?” we ask.

“A policeman,” he says.

An unidentified county worker first spotted Alexander before taking him to the Sheriff’s Department.

“The nice lady saw me, and she talked to me. And she said, I’m little,” Alexander says.

“I just couldn’t believe he was out wandering around for 45 minutes,” Pappas says.

Thankfully, the officer brought Alexander to his father’s restaurant in town, which the preschooler was able to identify.

“I just started shaking. It was unbelievable,” Pappas says.

Needless to say, Alexander is no longer in the care of Bell’s preschool.

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