MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Five-year-old Dwayne Miller was found wandering through the streets of Miami Gardens Thursday, but was saved thanks to the work of a Good Samaritan.

According to the Miami Gardens Police Department, Miller walked out of the Norland 7th Day Adventist Child Development Center Thursday morning.

“I was gonna walk home, go to my mommy,” Dwayne told CBS4.

His father, Jason Miller, couldn’t believe what had happened to his boy.

“He got his bag and took off through the door,” Miller said. “And that is crazy.”

The five-year-old was found by a Good Samaritan in the area of 7th Avenue and 183rd Street in Miami Gardens. The Good Samaritan found a cell phone the child had in his pocket and called the last number dialed on it.

The number was for the child’s mother, Prudence Lawes, who came to the scene and picked up the child, but was very upset.

“Yeah, upset,” Lawes said, “beacuase the teacher is in the classroom and my son could have got killed. He could have got killed.”

The mother said the center’s workers were afraid to call police because, “they were afraid of losing their jobs.”

Miami Gardens Police Captain Ralph Suarez said the daycare staff should have called officers for help.

“The child was found on 7th Avenue, which is several blocks from here [the address of the daycare],” Captain Suarez said, “on a heavy traffic road; so that is disturbing.”

The daycare was last inspected three weeks ago.

Miami Gardens Police said the child care facility was cited with several violations.

Lawes said her son will not be returning to the daycare.


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