The boy found wandering alone in Colerain Township Thursday night was abandoned in the area by his mother, according to Colerain police.
Police say Heather Nicole Adkins, 32, picked up her son from Shelbyville, Indiana, and drove him 75 miles to Cincinnati.
The child is a non-verbal 5 year old with autism. Charges have been filed against the mother, police said.
Previous reports: Colerain Police say a driver called 911 and reported a boy walking alone on the corner of Sheed Road and Gaines Road on Thursday evening.
The caller, Josh Wanderski, described the situation as frightening and said the child was soaked and waving at cars.
“It’s a two-lane road, very dark, no lights, very windy, and it was also very cold. He was right on the side of the road. He was waving me down. Luckily I was close so I can call the police,” Wanderski told Enquirer Media Partner Fox 19.
At the time, the child wore a burgundy and gray tracksuit and black Shaq sneakers.
Police said the boy had a visible scar on his nose which is believed to be new.
Investigators believe the child is between 5 and 7 years old and non-verbal.
On Friday, Colerain police said they identified the child and are continuing to investigate the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Colerain Police Department at 513-321-2677.
The Enquirer will update this article as new information becomes available.
This article originally appeared on the Cincinnati Enquirer: Police: Indiana mother abandoned child in Colerain Township