4-year-old NC boy who ‘wanted toys’ wanders to store alone for second time

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SALISBURY, N.C. — Police said a 4-year-old boy walked out of his North Carolina home and went to a Family Dollar store to “get toys.”

WSOC reported that the child left his Salisbury residence earlier this week and ended up at the store about a quarter-mile away.

It’s the second time in two weeks that the boy has entered the store by himself, according to authorities.

In this instance, police said he picked up about $30 worth of toys and went to check out without any money.

The clerk called police, who came and led the boy back to his home. The boy’s mother was reportedly sleeping at the time.

The clerk said the police officer who responded the second time bought a toy for the boy.

Police said the boy’s parents are facing charges of neglect. Neighbors who live around the family told WSOC that the parents need a wake-up call.

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