Missing for five days, Berbice boy found by police

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The mother of the 10-year-old boy who left his home in Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice on a rainy Sunday morning, is happy and relieved after he was found alive and well by police in Springlands, Upper Corentyne, Berbice.

Andrew Gomes, a student of the Tain Primary School, is home safe in the care of his mother Anita Gomes.

When contacted, Gomes told the News Room that the police from the Springlands Police Station contacted her sometime around 19:00 hrs Thursday and inquired whether her son was missing after which they confirmed he was in their custody.

She was told to pick him up at the police station. The News Room understands that the police saw the lad walking on the Crabwood Creek public road and inquired what he was doing on the road at that hour.

They then took him in their care until contact was made with his mother. The lad reportedly told police that his uncle encouraged him to “get away” and he did so on Sunday and travelled to Crabwood Creek to the home of a woman he knew while he was living with his great-grandparents in Skeldon.

He told police he was being treated well, was given food to eat and clothes to wear.

“Me just bring him home and he bathe. I am very happy and relieved because I was very worried after so many days passed. He tell me he won’t do it again”, the relieved mother told the News Room.

She is expected to visit the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security’s office at Whim Village, Corentyne, Berbice on Monday with the child.

Just over a week ago, the boy left the home and was found shortly after in Skeldon at the house where his now deceased great-grandparents lived. He was in the care of other relatives who were living there.

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