Police find missing southwest Detroit boy, 2, safe

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Detroit — Police have found a 2-year-old boy who was reported missing early Friday morning, officials said.

Police said Aries Washington appears to be in good physical and mental condition, but was going to be taken to a hospital to be checked out as a precaution.

He was reported missing from the area of Melville and Yale in southwest Detroit. Police said Aries and his father were sleeping beneath an awning, behind a building, when the man woke up at about 5:30 a.m. and discovered the 2-year-old was gone.

Police arrived and began a search for the boy in the neighborhood. Officials said the boy was found under a pile of leaves in another yard near the home where he had last been seen.

Officials said the boy's father is being detained and the investigation was being turned over to the department's Child Abuse Unit.

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