Boston Herald

Wan­der­ing tot res­cued; dad charged

Sa­mar­i­tans to boy’s aid

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New Hamp­shire mother Joanne Daigle was ar­riv­ing home when she spot­ted a 3-year-old boy stand­ing alone in the street of her cul-de-sac. He was cry­ing and hold­ing a broom. He wasn’t wear­ing shoes and his socks were cold and wet.

“I’d never seen the boy be­fore,” she told me yes­ter­day. “I’ve lived here for 20 years.”

Daigle and a let­ter car­rier quickly came to the lost boy’s aid. The young­ster — who was re­united with his mom a few hours later af­ter some­one rec­og­nized his photo on so­cial me­dia — is safe and sound to­day thanks to the kind-hearted Good Sa­mar­i­tans.

Daigle, 57, was re­turn­ing home shortly be­fore 11:30 a.m yes­ter­day, pulling into her Lon­don­derry condo com­plex be­hind the mail car­rier, when she saw the boy. Nei­ther wo­man rec­og­nized him.

The postal worker com­forted the boy in her lap while sit­ting on her mail truck’s step.

Daigle grabbed a blan­ket from her car and called the prop­erty man­ager.

The women wrapped the boy’s chilly feet in the blan­ket to warm them up. He was wear­ing a win­ter coat and hood.

The women asked the boy all sorts of ques­tions, try­ing to fig­ure out who he was and where he had come from.

“He said, ‘I live in a blue house,’ but there are no blue houses around here,” Daigle said. “They’re all brick.”

“This poor lit­tle boy,” Daigle thought. “He must be scared. He doesn’t know where he is. I don’t know where he came from.”

The lit­tle boy told them his name. He told them he’d been chas­ing a cat and had “walked a long way.” He held up three lit­tle fin­gers when he was asked his age.

“He was talk­a­tive for some­one who was lost,” Daigle said.

When the prop­erty man­ager ar­rived, he didn’t know the boy ei­ther, so he called po­lice. Of­fi­cers knocked on dozens of doors but no one in the quiet neigh­bor­hood knew him.

They put the boy in the front seat of a cruiser. Daigle could tell he was scared. “Oh no, no, this is OK,” the two women and prop­erty man­ager told him. “These are friends of ours and they’re go­ing to take re­ally good care of you.”

An of­fi­cer gave him a po­lice badge sticker.

At the po­lice sta­tion, the cops played with the boy in the roll call room. They gave him col­or­ing books and stuffed an­i­mals. They took his photo and put it on so­cial me­dia, ask­ing any­one who knows him or his par­ents to call po­lice. Peo­ple did. As it turned out, the boy’s fa­ther, Joseph Kill­gren, 35, was at 7 Field­stone Drive across the culde-sac from where he was found. Po­lice charged Kill­gren with en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a child. He was held on $5,000 bail and is set to be ar­raigned to­day. Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing how the boy got out­side.

The boy was re­united with his mother, who doesn’t live at that ad­dress, around 2 p.m.

Neigh­bors said the boy is lucky he didn’t wan­der into the nearby busy street and that it was a mild day.

Daigle was happy to hear the boy was OK. “If the mail per­son or I didn’t show up,” she said, “he would have been just stand­ing here. Cry­ing.”

 ?? STAFF PHOTO, BE­LOW, BY CHRIS CHRISTO; PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF THE LON­DON­DERRY PO­LICE DEPART­MENT ?? FOUND: Joseph Kill­gren, above left, 35, of Lon­don­derry, N.H., has been charged with en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a child af­ter his 3-year-old son, above, was found wan­der­ing, cry­ing, cold and with­out shoes. Good Sa­mar­i­tans, in­clud­ing Joanne Daigle,...
STAFF PHOTO, BE­LOW, BY CHRIS CHRISTO; PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF THE LON­DON­DERRY PO­LICE DEPART­MENT FOUND: Joseph Kill­gren, above left, 35, of Lon­don­derry, N.H., has been charged with en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a child af­ter his 3-year-old son, above, was found wan­der­ing, cry­ing, cold and with­out shoes. Good Sa­mar­i­tans, in­clud­ing Joanne Daigle,...
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