A 10-year-old boy with special needs was found wandering in the woods near a New Jersey military base after his mother allegedly walked him there with his luggage and left him there, state police say.
According to a statement from the State Police, the boy was spotted on August 3 in the woods by a passing driver. The boy was taken to the base's visitor's center where military first responders determined he had sustained minor injuries.
Police said the boy told visitor center employees that he fell asleep when his mother left him and later woke up hungry.
After the boy provided his mother's name and phone number, he was taken to the Bordentown station of the State Police before he was placed in temporary custody by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency.
The state police said it was not immediately clear how long the boy was alone in the woods.
Debra Wisler, 39, of Millville, is accused of walking her son, who has special needs, into the woods near the base's visitors center off Route 68 and leaving him there with his luggage.
Wisler told responding troopers that she left her son in the woods near the base after learning her son wasn't eligible for a child program there, the NJSP said. She's charged with child endangerment. She has since been released pending a hearing in Burlington County Superior Court.