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Malakhai Stewart was found by a nursery worker Thursday morning -- more than 12 hours after he went missing from his foster family's home in Gloucester County, N.J.
The search for a missing New Jersey boy has a happy ending.
Gloucester Police say missing 7-year-old Malakhai Stewart was found Thursday morning just before 8 in a nursery near his foster family's Clayton, N. J. home -- more than 12 hours after he went missing.
Stewart was discovered by nursery owner Miguel Castalan, investigators tell NBC10's Tim Furlong. He said the boy was just standing there, half asleep.
"He looked tired and hungry, ya know? Because the police brought food and juice and he ate it fast," said Castalan.
Authorities say Stewart was taken directly to the hospital and that he's fine.
They say Stewart simply wandered from the North Delsea Drive home.
Overnight, police, K-9 and loved ones continued to search for the missing boy. They combed the streets, including a wooded area near the home as well as sheds and pools.
Stewart's foster family tell NBC10's Tim Furlong Stewart has the mental capacity of a 5-year-old. They say this is not the first time he's wandered off on his own, although he never went missing for so long.