Mpls. Truck Driver Finds Barefoot Child in Snowstorm

Updated: 04/06/2014 4:05 PM By: Josh Rosenthal

Truck Driver Timothy Owens
Truck Driver Timothy Owens
Photo: Photo: KSTP/File

The snow was coming down and temperatures were in the 20's early Friday morning.

Truck Driver Timothy Owens was delivering medical supplies to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis when he saw a shadowy figure in the distance.

"Any type of movement out there at night that you don't normally see, it's going to kind of catch your attention," he said. "Whether it's a fox, coyote, deer."

It wasn't an animal. As Owens approached the intersection of Chicago and 24th, a small child ran into the street and flagged him down. The 4-year-old boy had no shoes or socks.

"I just wanted to know that he was safe and OK," Owens said. "Anytime you see a child on the road like that, two in the morning - not a good sign."

Owens called Minneapolis Police. They picked the child up and actually ended up taking him home to his parents.

Police couldn't give specifics on the incident because it involves a juvenile, but they say they investigated "the method and reasons for the child leaving the residence," made sure there was no "abuse or neglect," and they believe the child "will not leave the residence again."

As for Owens, he won't ever forget that snowy night in April when he found a barefoot young child on the side of the road.

The child's parents have not been charged with any crime. Police say Hennepin County Social Services will likely follow up with the case.