PORTLAND -- Police searched Tuesday morning for an infant reported missing from a Portland apartment and then the child was located five hours later, in the front yard of a home in the 400 block of NE 139th Avenue by a neighbor.
The four-month-old boy named Zacharion was in good condition and taken to a hospital for evaluation, police said.
A 911 call was made about 2 a.m. to report that the baby was missing from an apartment complex at the intersection of East Burnside and 148th Avenue. The infant was eventually found around 7 a.m., about 10 blocks away, police said.
A woman heading out of her home on her way to work spotted the baby in her front yard and called police. She said he was only wearing a short-sleeved top and a diaper.
She spoke briefly to KGW, but asked not to be identified. "I don't really have anything to say except that I hope the rest of the baby's life is less eventful than this morning," she said.
A person who described herself as Zacharion's aunt told KGW a relative had been babysitting the boy at the Cedar Tree Apartment Complex, but when Zacharion's mom arrived to pick him up at 2 a.m., the relative said the infant had disappeared.
She said the mom was horrified.
"She doesn't know where the baby went, she came out crying, concerned, she's tearing her hair out. She didn't know where her baby went," the aunt explained.
Portland policeman Kevin Macho held Zacharion after he was found safe.
"It's a good day," he said.
He said the baby was cold. He could not disclose much more, saying specific details were part of an ongoing investigation that included many detectives and street officers.
What's important, he said, was that the baby was found. Macho said it was especially touching for him, since he's a father, too.
"Under these uniforms, we are husbands, mothers, fathers," he said.
Police also went to a home in North Portland around 5 a.m., as part of the investigation, but have not disclosed why.
(KGW reporter Ashley Korslien also contributed to this report.)