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Man charged with child abuse after young boy found wandering outside

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TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A 21-year-old man has been charged with child abuse after a toddler was found wandering the streets alone.

The incident happened on March 19 about 12:46 p.m. in the Byron Drive subdivision outside of Vassar.

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Residents called 911 to report a young boy wandering the neighborhood alone and not dressed for the weather, according to the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office.

"He thinks that this is his grandma's house. So, we took him into our house and called the police right away," said Lisa Schultz-Sewell.

She described what happened when she looked outside her window and saw the 2-year-old boy passing her driveway all alone.

"It looked like he'd dressed himself because his pants were on backwards, but he had snow boots on but no coat. And he had his little red wagon with him and his four wheeler and his dog. But other than that, he was alone," Schultz-Sewell said.

Neighbors and deputies searched, but were not able to find the family of the boy.

Schultz-Sewell took to Facebook hoping to reach other parents in the area.

"We just knew that we had to make a post to try to appeal to the community because the community around here really when it comes to lost dogs and things like that, if you put a Facebook post out a lot of times it's within minutes," she said.

One of the people who saw the post was the boy's mother. She was at work and had no idea he was missing. She told the sheriff’s office she had left the child in the custody of her boyfriend while she was at work.

Three hours had passed by the time the mother came forward, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies noticed a person driving slowly past them while they were looking for the child. It was later learned that person was the mom’s boyfriend, the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators said the boyfriend, Cody Fyvie, did not make any attempt to contact them about the missing boy.

Fyvie has been charged with child abuse in the second and fourth-degree.

As for Schultz-Sewell, she said getting the child back into his mother's arms is all she was concerned about.

"Had we not been here, who knows where he could've ended up. And at least he came into the subdivision versus the busy road. So, we were just glad it turned out the way it did," she said.

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