Driver helps a boy found alone on an Albany street at 4:30 a.m.

April 15, 2019 06:42 PM

ALBANY -- Musician Joquan Stokes of Troy was dropping off a friend on Morton Avenue in Albany after working in a music studio, when he saw a 7-year-old boy alone on the street. It was 4:30 in the morning Saturday. 

The child didn't really answer any questions. We're told he has special needs. 


Stokes chatted with him and waited for quite some time. 

"I wanted to give the parents the benefit of the doubt. Hopefully someone would come back for him," said Stokes. 

The boy came right up to the car. Stokes knew he had to help. 

"Anything could have happened to him. He could have wandered into the street, got lost, kidnapped," he said.  

The boy was clearly tired, so Stokes let him sit in the car. 

"I went on Facebook Live to see if anyone recognized the kid or knew his parents," said Stokes. "All I was trying to do was return him to his parents."

Stokes has thousands of Facebook friends. One of them suggested he bring the boy to nearby Albany Med, where nurses and an officer would be expecting them. 

When they arrived, the boy was greeted by some friendly faces, who took him to get checked out. 

"Even as adults, there's times in life where you feel lost," Stokes told NewsChannel 13 on Monday. "You feel alone, and you just need someone to be there for you.  I'm glad I could be that person for him."

Police told NewsChannel 13 that the mother had taken the child to his grandparents and then gone to work, and that unbeknownst to her, he had tried to follow her. 

There are no charges, and the child is safe.      

We were able to give Stokes an update. 

"It's a relief," he said. "I'm glad no one was in trouble, glad that he's safe. The family is back together. I'm just truly happy and blessed."


Kumi Tucker

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