Grandparents hope to take boy home

Associated Press / April 24, 2010

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NEW YORK — The grandparents of a toddler who was found wandering alone at St. Patrick’s Cathedral reunited with the 3-year-old yesterday and hoped to take him home.

Donald and Frieda Fons of Land O’ Lakes had a supervised visit for several hours with their grandson Nathaniel Fons, who has been in foster care in New York since he was found Tuesday. The Administration for Children’s Services said that the child would remain in the city’s care while legal and custody issues are worked out, but that the family was welcome to visit him.

The Fonses are seeking custody of the boy, believed by police to have been left by a couple who had been traveling with his mother. Don and Frieda Fons, who arrived Thursday evening, bought open-ended tickets to New York because they were not sure when they would able to return with Nathaniel, said the boy’s uncle, Ryan Fons.