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Amber Alert cancelled after 5-year-old last seen with mother found in southwestern Ontario

Chatham-Kent police found the boy and his mother at a KFC in Tilbury.
Chatham-Kent police found the boy and his mother at a KFC in Tilbury. Les McDonald

An Amber Alert requested by Peel Regional Police has been cancelled after a missing five-year-old boy and his mother were found safe in southwestern Ontario.

Police said the pair were last seen in the area of Cawthra Road and Atwater Avenue between 3 and 4 p.m. on Wednesday in Mississauga as the mother picked her son up from school. She informed the boy’s father she had him, but they disappeared.

At around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, police posted a message on social media saying they were looking for the mother and son. Police said the pair were believed to be travelling by car and that there was information they were in the London area. Approximately two and a half hours later, an Amber Alert was issued by Ontario Provincial Police.

READ MORE: Peel police detail complaints made to 911 about Amber Alert for 11-year-old girl who was murdered

However, just before 7 p.m., the Amber Alert was cancelled.

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Police confirmed to Global News the pair were spotted by a resident at a KFC restaurant in Tilbury, about 20 minutes southwest of Chatham, after hearing details through the Amber Alert. The boy was found safe and uninjured.

Officers said the mother had a preexisting medical condition and if she doesn’t take prescribed medication, she can act “out of character.”

There is no word on what, if any, charges the mother might face.

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