GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- A four-year-old Grayson County boy is home safe after running away for the third time in one week. Now law enforcement has some advice for parents to keep their kids safe.
Sheriff’s deputies say the four-year old's grandparents heard the door to their home on Tipps Road slam at 8 a.m. That's when they called to the child and started looking for him around the house, but deputies say no one called them until 10 o’clock.
“Don’t wait two hours to call us. This child was gone two hours before we got the call, so look around your house see if they’re in a closet or hiding under a bed playing. After 10 or 15 minutes, call 911 so we can get there," Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary said.
Authorities say the four-year old not only opened the door, he unlocked it, and this isn't the first time the child has run away from home.
Deputies say it's the third time it’s happened-- this week.
"The child has a longing to wander, as small children will do from time to time," Gary said.
Firefighters say last time the boy disappeared, he was found more than three miles from home, climbing a fence at a nearby ranch, which means the little boy crossed over busy Highway 901.
They say his mother fell asleep as the boy was playing in the back yard. Authorities arrested Elizabeth Tidwell on child neglect charges and possession of marijuana. She remains in the Grayson County Jail.
The boy has been staying with his grandparents, where he was when he wandered off again Thursday.
No charges were filed against them.
Sheriff Gary says he sent deputies to the area as soon as the call came in.
"I think this family has been very, very fortunate for him to be gone three times, including the time it wasn't reported, and I don’t want to let their luck run out."
Law enforcement found the boy around 11 a.m.