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Missing boy found

The 9-year-old had run away from a foster home on Saturday.

Published May 24, 2006

Levi Dillard, 9, has disappeared three times since being placed in the state's care.

She scours the street for the son they took

 Levi Dillard, the 9-year-old who disappeared from a St. Petersburg foster home Saturday, was found unharmed in Oldsmar Wednesday morning, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office officials said.

Levi called a friend Wednesday morning, asking to stay with the friend and the boy's mother, sheriff's office spokesman Mac McMullen said. The woman and her son went to an abandoned apartment complex in Oldsmar, where she picked up Levi and another boy, McMullen said. The woman then took the boys to an Oldsmar fire station. Sheriff's deputies arrived shortly afterward and took Levi and the other boy to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center.

 Levi was taken from his mother, Alicia Dillard, last month after she was arrested on child abuse charges. Since then, he has run away on three occasions, two from a group home in Pinellas Park, the other from the St. Petersburg foster home.

[Last modified May 24, 2006, 13:11:45]

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