Friday, June 12, 2015

Department of Child Safety worker finds missing child:



By Whitney Clark.

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -- While it's Andrea Hudson's job to help children, when she saw a young boy walking down a busy road alone she sprung into action.

Hudson works as an investigator for the Arizona Department of Child Safety in Tucson.

"The job doesn't stop," Hudson said. "It's not something you put aside or put your blinders on at the end of the night."
     
On June 2nd, Hudson was driving home from work when out of the corner of her eye she saw the boy near I-10 and Colossal Cave Road. Hudson says she approached the boy and at first he was very reluctant to talk. When she told him where she worked, Hudson says the boy made her show him her badge. 

The boy had been missing from his home on Slate Drive for hours. There was a massive search organized by the Pima County Sheriff's Department when Hudson found the boy. After the search detectives started an investigation, and the boy's stepfather is now facing child abuse charges. 

Hudson says her job can be difficult, but she knows that she is helping others.

"I find it more empowering," Hudson said. "To be able to go in there and offer assistance and help these families out in there time of need."

In a press release today, DCS Director Greg McKay released the following statement:

"We cannot thank Ms. Hudson enough for her invaluable effort in helping locate this child," said McKay. "Her quick thinking and vast knowledge and experience in child welfare led to a safe outcome for this child. This is just one small example of all the extraordinary work our employees do in protecting the children of Arizona."

If you suspect someone may be a victim of child abuse, you can call 1-888-SOS-CHILD or 911.



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