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Five Year Old is Found Wandering in the Town of Chenango

Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Two people trusted to care for a young boy are facing charges after Broome County Sheriff’s officials were called with a report of a five year old walking barefoot up East Hill Road in the Town of Chenango May 3.

The boy was only able to provide his first name, but deputies were able to trace his route back to a home on Oak Hill Road.

Officials say the child’s Aunt, 40 year old Lisa Miller, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child while another occupant of the home, 49 year old James Mann, was charged with false personation and obstructing governmental administration for allegedly lying about his identity to try to conceal that he was wanted in the City of Binghamton for forgery.

Miller and Mann said they went to sleep at 1 a.m. and discovered the boy was gone at 11 a.m.

They did not say why they didn’t inform authorities when they discovered the boy missing Saturday morning. The child and a sibling were returned to their mother.

Officials say, while the boy was found in a heavily wooded area with ponds and power lines and suffering cuts and abrasions to his feet, he did not require medical attention.

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