Boy, 5, sleepwalked to his school at night

Oct. 21, 2009 at 4:40 PM
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ST. CHARLES, Ill., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A 5-year-old Illinois boy who apparently sleepwalked to his elementary school was safely returned to his family, authorities said.

Kane County sheriff's deputies said the boy was discovered unharmed but disoriented at Anderson Elementary School in St. Charles about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, the Aurora (Ill.) Beacon-News reported Wednesday.

Sheriff's Lt. Pat Gengler said the boy was having trouble remembering his address and told officers he was at the school to watch a movie with his mother. Gengler said the boy's mother had discussed a movie night with him Saturday.

The boy was taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Ill., where a school district official identified him and determined his address. Gengler said the child's parents were sleeping when deputies brought him home.

"This is just kind of one of those way-out-there things," Gengler said. "We're lucky and we're happy it turned out this way. If it was December or January, it could have been a sad ending."

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