Huntington Beach police Monday arrested the guardian of a noncommunicative boy who was found by authorities.
The woman was taken into custody on Monday morning, a short time after police had sought the public’s help to identify the missing boy, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department.
When they found him near Beach Boulevard and Yorktown Avenue, police circulated a photo of the boy, between 10-13 years old, stating that his identity was not known and he was “unable to communicate.”
By late morning, police reported that “detectives located the child’s family and arrested the child’s guardian.”
It was unclear what charges the woman might face, possibly child endangerment, police said.
“The investigation is ongoing, and the child remains safely in the custody of Orange County Social Services,” police said in a statement. “Thank you to everyone who shared the post and called in tips.”