Missing Pennsylvania Boy, 3, Found Safe With Dad

By Paula Liu

A missing Pennsylvania boy was found safe on Sept. 8, it was reported.

Hollen Hile, 3, was believed to be taken by his father, Patrick Hile, on Sept. 6 after authorities said they saw Patrick Hile running into the woods near his home and discovering the boy missing from the Karns City residence, reported CBS Pittsburgh.

State police, troopers, and Child and Youth Services were there to take Hollen into custody. The child’s parents are accused of manufacturing drugs in front of the children, reported KDKA.

Pennsylvania State Police located the toddler after they said a caller told them the boy and his father were at an address in Butler County, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Butler Radio reported Patrick, 37, and Hollen were at a home on Chicora Road in western Pennsylvania.

Hollen Hile and was placed in foster care after being taken by the Children and Youth Services, according to state police. His older sister was placed into foster care on Sept. 6.

“Given light of what just happened on the news to [Nalani Johnson], it was very important that we find this kid,” state police officer Anthony Vaccaro told KDKA. “This was a huge load of relief on all the troopers—all of us, a breath of fresh air to finally find him before the week started. It was only a matter of time—the longer you wait, the harder it is to find.”

Patrick Hile was arrested on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a child and interfering with the custody of children, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His wife was previously arrested for manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine. The couple is being held at the Armstrong County Jail, KDKA reported.

Child and Youth Services reportedly took the Hile’s other child, a girl, into custody at her elementary school on Sept. 6. Patrick Hile is believed to have escaped his residence with his son Hollen because he was alerted that the government agency was en route to his home to take his younger child, the outlet reported.