Toddler found wandering on interstate

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Natalie Holzer/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - A normal drive on the interstate around Indianapolis turned terrifying for some motorists on the westside Saturday morning.

A three-year old boy was found alone running in traffic wearing only a diaper and a T-shirt.

"I've seen a lot of crazy stuff on the interstate. People are usually running 65 to 70," said Troy Crady.

Saturday morning Crady says his ride to work was his wildest yet. "I looked up and I seen this little two year old boy running down the middle of the slow lane in the interstate. I just could not believe what I was seeing. So I dove to the shoulder and jumped out of my truck."

He and two other motorists ran to help the boy and call police.

State troopers believe three-year-old Damon made it around a fence and out onto I-465 to play in traffic.

"He was happy. He didn't have a clue that two seconds before we got there his life was in the middle of peril. He looked pretty bad he had a messy diaper and a T-shirt. Barefooted and that was all he was wearing. He was shivering," said Crady.

A couple of hours later police located his mother in the Scarborough Lake apartments next to the interstate.

Indiana State Police say the little three-year-old made it several hundred yards away to the interstate near his apartment and investigators believe he went from one horrible situation to another.

State police say Nancy Dyer told them her son is autistic and that she puts cardboard boxes in front of the door to keep him from getting out.

But, police believe Damon left through the front door Saturday.

Investigators say Child Protective Services was called to the same apartment Thursday after a resident spotted Damon playing outside unsupervised.