Paulie returned home with help of kind stranger

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WMAR) - An Anne Arundel County boy wandered outside in the middle of the night. He was returned to his parents safely thanks to the help of an off-duty firefighter and Anne Arundel County Police. 

Paulie Marshall, Junior is an active three year old. He's also lucky. Paulie left his house around 3:30 in the morning last week. Wearing only a t-shirt and underwear he went walking down the street.

Andy Hoffman is a Baltimore City paramedic and firefighter. He was off-duty when he spotted Paulie. Hoffman asked him what was wrong and where he lived, and all Paulie could do was point up the road.

Anne Arundel County Police were called in. Corporal Stephen Taylor was the first officer to arrive. He thought Paulie was lost, but Paulie knew exactly where he was going. He was just a block away from his grandparents' house.

Paulie's mom Kristen was asleep and dad Paul was at work when Paulie wandered off.

Corporal Taylor drove Paulie around pointing at houses, asking if they were his. Paulie told him no. Police finally found a neighbor, who called Paulie's dad to see if his son was missing. Dad didn't think Paulie was missing, until the neighbor sent him a picture of his son sitting in a police car. 

Police finally found the right address, and Paulie made it safely back home.

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