WINDHAM, Maine — Commuters reported seeing a small child walking along Gray Road in his pajamas on Thursday morning, according to Windham police.

Officers picked up the 3-year-old after fielding the 7:45 a.m. calls.

“The child was uninjured and dry, indicating he had not been out in the drizzle for a lengthy period of time,” Windham police Lt. James Boudreau said in a statement. “The boy was unable to provide officers with his full name or the names or his parents.”

Police posted information on social media and used the reverse emergency phone notification system — “Code Red” — to spread the word about the child. Police also reached out to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services with details of their investigation.

Boudreau said the police were able to locate the boy’s father and reunited him with the child less than an hour after the original reports were called in.

“The father was interviewed by police, and then left the station with the child and the DHHS caseworker, so DHHS could continue their investigation at the home,” Boudreau said.

Police sent a report of their investigation to the Cumberland County district attorney’s office for consideration of potential criminal charges as well, Boudreau said, but suggested police will not release the names of the individuals involved unless charges are filed.

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.