Texas police say a missing teen was found safely living inside a Walmart. The teen, who has a history of running away, lived undetected for two days inside the store.
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00:01 What we've learned today about the team and made a
00:03 temporary home inside this Corsican at a Wal-Mart is that he
00:06 actually lives just up the road in rice. But he was
00:09 staying here in course to -- with an answer on his
00:12 parents were out of town we've also learned according to his
00:15 mother that this is not the first time this team has
00:17 run away. And it's not the first time course -- a
00:20 police have picked him up for running away. Officers say they
00:23 received a called this time on Monday July 28 from the
00:26 teen's aunt saying that he'd run up the front door and
00:29 had returned. Detectives then called the boy's mother and she says
00:33 he has that long history of running away in the past
00:36 has hidden in abandoned house is creeks and businesses. Finally --
00:40 that Wednesday night employees found him hiding inside the -- a
00:44 Wal-Mart where he'd been living for those three days. The county
00:48 juvenile probation office is now handling the case officers tell us
00:52 they did not call CPS in this case because they only
00:55 do that if they say there might be abuse. Or another
00:57 otherwise dangerous living situation happening in in this case with a
01:01 fourteen year old they say that is not the situation that
01:03 they found. CBS did tell us though that plan on talking
01:06 of course the candidate find out more in case they do
01:09 need to open investigation. The chief of police would not going
01:12 camera with us but we do hear back from Wal-Mart they
01:15 say they are saddened by this situation they're looking into the
01:17 exact details of what happened. And the hope that team is
01:20 now safe. And if this story sounds familiar it is he
01:23 might have seen the movie or read the book where the
01:25 hardest great read. It's about a pregnant teenager who is abandoned
01:29 in the -- to live inside a Wal-Mart she eventually has
01:32 her baby there. It's all based on the true story of
01:35 a baby who was born at a cost cut out.
Michael Winter, USA TODAY
11:21 a.m. EDT August 14, 2014
For more than two days, a runaway Texas teenager ate, slept and changed clothes undetected inside a 24-hour Wal-Mart near Dallas, according to police and news reports.
The 14-year-old boy had set up two hideouts at the 200,000-square-foot Supercenter in Corsicana — one behind baby strollers, the other behind the paper towels and toilet paper, KTVT-TV reported. He had apparently lived there since fleeing his aunt's house July 28 while his parents were away.
His parents told police their son had run away before, hiding in other businesses, abandoned buildings and creek beds.
To avoid detection, he changed clothes every few hours and wore diapers rather than use the restrooms, employees said. He even snagged a pet goldfish.
Late the night of July 30, store employees called police after finding the teen, who was not identified.
"We just didn't have any knowledge that this child was missing, and certainly not in one of our stores," Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick told the Associated Press.
Some shoppers questioned the store's security.
"If he was able to do that, what about a terrorist?" Corsicana resident Betty Ary told KTVT.