A young child found wandering along a highway south of Wollongong alone in his pyjamas has been reunited with his family.

The boy was found by a member of the public walking on the Princes Highway in the Illawarra region just before 7am on Thursday.

About 6.45am (Thursday 19 January 2017), a member of the public located the child on the Princes Highway, Albion Park Rail, near Creamery Road.

Officers from Lake Illawarra Local Area Command investigated the incident and attempted to locate the boy’s family.

Shortly after 9am this morning a member of the child’s family attended Lake Illawarra Police Station.

The child is now in the care of the family member.

NSW Police would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance this morning.

Young children can be so quick at escaping. The parents must have been beside themselves.

Tips on prevention

  • Explain the dangers
  • Lock the doors – if you need, be sure to install a lock out of little ones reach
  • Attach a bell (or alarm) to child’s bedroom door if it is a frequent occurrence. The bell should alert you to any movement.
  • Install a monitor in child’s room where possible
  • Install doorknob covers and locks to prevent child opening door

If you have any other great tips please leave your comments below.

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  • Very lucky young boy. My youngest escaped through the front door a couple of times, first when someone visiting left it open and another time when she first learnt to open the door. Didn’t happen again and was terrifying.


  • When he was a little boy, he was only about 3 years old and he managed to reach and unlock their front screen door. I was on my way to work on my bicycle and spotted him. He told me he was going to kinder – it was daycare. His Dad had opened the front gates ready to go to work. I started to take him back home just as his Dad came running out to the gates ready to search the street. They weren’t aware he could reach the key in the door, let alone unlock it. He had done what they call a “growth spurt”. Only the week before the weather had been unseasonably cold and the wooden door hadn’t been left open. He knew exactly where his Dad took him to Kinder. Sometimes they walked there as it was only a street away.


  • Some children are very good escape artists – I had to go chase mine quite a few times.


  • How horrible! My kids never wandered off. This story could do easily have had a devastating end


  • we have to lock our flyscreen doors with keys because we have an escape artist, too clever for his own good


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