- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
According to Police Chief Mark Deuer, Depoe walked up to the home and found a boy about three-years old sitting alone on the stoop and holding his blanket. The officer rang the doorbell and was met by the homeowners, an older couple, who had no knowledge of the child.
Officer Depoe is also the mother of a young child; she took the young boy into her car while North Caldwell Police, with the assistance of officers from Essex Fells, Fairfield and Cedar Grove, began a door to door canvassing of the area. Everyone in the neighborhood was awakened and shown the child to see if they could identify him.
"We began on one side of the street, then the other
and eventually worked our way over to Mountain Avenue.
Door to door, we woke up the residents and asked them
if they had any information about this child," Deuer explained.
It turned out that the homeowners were babysitting the boy and his sibling while the parents were away. At some point, the child woke up and went off on his own through the unlocked back door.
"He walked from the residence, going north along Mountain,
crossed over Mountain Avenue in the middle of the night,
and continued on to Hillcrest," Deuer expressed.
"We are all very pleased by Officer Depoe's attention to this situation
and the fact this had a happy ending."