11-year-old boy missing from school in Brooklyn found safely in Nassau County

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Tuesday, January 2, 2024
Missing boy from Brooklyn found in Nassau County; investigation underway
Lucy Yang is live in Boerum Hill with the breaking details.

BOERUM HILL, Brooklyn (WABC) -- An 11-year-old boy who was last seen at a school in Brooklyn around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday was found hours later in Nassau County.

Authorities say the boy, who has autism and is nonverbal, was last seen leaving P.S. 369K in Brooklyn, a District 75 school that provides specialized support for students with special needs.

He is believed to have opened an emergency exit door on the side of the school.

Officials believe he took the LIRR to Long Island.

Nassau County and Malverne police departments say the boy was found at Cornwell Avenue School in West Hempstead around 3:30 p.m.

The child was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. Authorities say the boy was found in good health and has since been reunited with his family in Brooklyn.

It is not yet clear what he was doing when he was found.

The NYC Department of Education released the following statement:

"The safety of all of our students, especially our students with disabilities, is our top priority, which is why every school building has alarms on our doors and school safety agents at our front doors. After a student exited the building through an emergency exit, the school immediately responded, and are working closely with NYPD and this student's family to ensure their safe return home."

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