Monday, December 9 2013 11:20 PM EST2013-12-10 04:20:31 GMT
Sue Bonham didn't waste any time hugging four firefighters from the Sissonville Volunteer Department Monday night. Nearly one year ago, she said the four men saved her life. "It will be a year on Wednesday
Sue Bonham didn't waste any time hugging four firefighters from the Sissonville Volunteer Department Monday.
It was a nerve-racking morning for James Pritt. Just after 5:30 a.m., he was driving along Patrick Street when he saw a little child wandering around by himself. He did the only thing he knew to do; he called 911.
"He took off across the grass and across the lot. I hollered at him, and he stopped. I picked him up, and he laid there while I called 911," Pritt said.
Charleston police and first responders took care of the boy while they tried to figure out where his parents were.
Paramedics brought the child a sausage biscuit and orange juice. Malachi was bouncing around in the back of a CPD cruiser while officers searched for his family.
A parent himself, Pritt said it breaks his heart to see such a sweet child running around without supervision.
"He was really joyful and everything. I asked him where his mom and dad were and he said he didn't know," he said.
Charleston police said 2-year-old Malachi's grandmother and uncle watch him a lot.
The grandmother had a heart attack, so the uncle was watching him Thursday night.
Police said the uncle was sleeping when Malachi slipped out. He had no idea Malachi was missing until officers woke him up Friday morning.
The grandmother and uncle live just a few dozen yards away from where he was found on Patrick Street.
CPS is not removing Malachi from the uncle's custody.
Family members tell 13 News Malachi's mother is not around a lot.
Charleston Police were called to the K-Mart parking lot on Patrick Street Plaza after witnesses reported seeing a child wandering around the railroad tracks nearby. Police scooped up the 2-year-old about 6 a.m. and took care of the child while they investigate.
A witness spotted the child, who appears in good health, walking near the railroad tracks. The witness told 13 News that he and another person called 9-1-1.
It is early in the investigation. No word on the child's parent or guardian. Look for updates here and on WOWK 13 News.