Questions surround boy's school runaway

April 1, 2009 3:05:53 PM PDT
There are still many questions Wednesday about how a 7-year-old boy managed to sneak out of his school and walk three miles before he was spotted. Alpha Omar Ba was found Tuesday night after his mom and police searched for him.

"I was going to go to my house," he said.

He wanted to go home, so he did. Ba walked out of PS 103 onto the streets of the Bronx, and no one stopped him.

What followed was a tearful reunion between Ba and mother Marlytou Diallo, six hours after the child was reported missing.

Ba emerged from a police car looking tired and terrified. He was spotted 3.6 miles from the school.

He had traversed from 230th Street and Carpenter Avenue in Wakefield, walking south along White Plains Road, through Williamsbridge, Olinville, Allerton and Bronxdale before winding up in Pelham Parkway.

The Department of Education said officials at PS 103 are conducting an investigation into how the child got out of the school.

His parents had been called around 12:30 to pick their son up for fighting. But while on the line with staffers, Ba managed to run and slip away.

While his family wants answers, some other parents who witnessed the police canvassing the area with flyers of a missing student don't fault the school for not seeing him leave.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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