Child found alone at Wichita Falls Walmart after closing

Child found alone at Wichita Falls Walmart after closing

Child found alone at Wichita Falls Walmart after closing

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The Wichita Falls Police Department is investigating a possible child abandonment case after a 12-year-old boy was found by employees walking through a Walmart store about an hour after he closed.

Police were called to the Walmart on Lawrence Road shortly after midnight on Sunday, June 16.

Employees told police they found a child after closing at 11 p.m. Saturday.

They said the boy told them he was in the store with his mother, who had gone to the bathroom.

He said he waited for her and when she didn’t return, he started looking for her.

He said he didn’t know how long he had been looking for her or when they arrived.

Police and employees searched the bathrooms and the entire store and found no one.

A review of security footage showed the boy walking alone to various locations in the store until he was found after closing time.

The mother was not seen in any of the footage, so police could not confirm she was ever in the store, although the boy kept repeating that they went in together.

A check of outside cameras showed the boy walking alone through the Panda Express car park at around 7.45pm on Saturday.

Child Protective Services was called to take emergency custody of the child, and he was taken to the hospital to be checked for any health issues.

A crime against children investigation had begun, and at last check, no arrests had been made, but a possible arrest warrant was being prepared.

This is a developing story. Stay with the Texoma home page for updates as more information becomes available. All individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.