MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison County Sheriff Deputies have located 10-year-old boy Dakota Duane Wallace.
Authorities say Dakota Duane Wallace, 10, went missing sometime after 12 a.m. on Thursday morning from his home on Arrow Lands Trail. He was noticed missing at 5:30 a.m. the same morning.
Madson County Fire Department, Medflight, HEMSI K9 and Madison County K9 units all assisted with the search.
Around 9:40 this morning, Dakota Wallace was located at a residence near Patterson Rd. in Meridianville by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Squad.
Dakota Wallace was transported to Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children to be checked out. He did not appear to have any serious injury, other than scratches and scrapes from his night-time walk through a wooded area, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said that Dakota Wallace was mostly frightened and tired from this overnight walk to the residence where he was located.
But Patterson Road resident Angela Valdez says Thursday is the second time in as many days Dakota Wallace has sought refuge on her property.
“My husband last night got up about 2 o’clock in the morning and found him on the front porch asleep, trying to lay down and sleep,” explains Valdez, “and he had recognized him from before and let him in and brought him back there to me and he got in the bed and laid down and went to sleep.”
Valdez says she did her best to care for the boy who she says begged her not to send him back home.
“He said he hadn’t eaten anything but potted meat and peanut butter for days and I gave him food and he ate it so fast,” recalls Valdez.
Valdez says she also tended to some minor abrasions she saw on Wallace, wounds she says gave her an uneasy feeling.
“He had a little gash on his head, he had scratches up and down his legs and his back and so he had been through something; I didn’t know what, but something.”
Valdez says she feels helpless and just hopes Wallace receives whatever help he may need.
“I don’t know what to do for him but I’m thinking about him and praying for him and I hope God blesses him because that’s a rough little life.”
Dakota Wallace’s father, Nick Wallace, was arrested on unrelated warrants for probation violations shortly after his son was found. Wallace has not yet been charged with anything connected with his son’s runaway incidents, but Madison County investigators indicate additional charges may be likely.