The mum of a disabled Dundee boy has thanked police and emergency services who managed to track him down after he was reported missing.
Leeland Connor is autistic, epileptic and suffers from severe developmental delay.
A full-scale search was launched after the five-year-old managed to escape from his family home in Linlathen last Thursday.
Mum Michelle, 32, paid tribute to those involved in the search – saying she feared that Leeland “wasn’t going to make it home”.
She said: “It was really scary – I don’t think I have ever been so scared.
“He somehow managed to escape out of the kitchen window – we searched everywhere, all over the house, and couldn’t find him.
“I was terrified.
“We went to all the parks and looked all around the area but we still couldn’t find him.
“We were totally panicking because Leeland is non-verbal – anything could have happened.
“We phoned the police and they were at my door within a couple of minutes.
“Ten minutes later they had cars, vans, helicopters – everything they had was out looking for him.
“He is very vulnerable – there is no way he could have found his way back.
“There was an alert put out by police – they said that because he was vulnerable, he might get in someone’s car or something like that.”
Police searched for the youngster for an hour, while Michelle appealed on social media.
She said that as time passed she began to tell herself that she would likely never see her son again.
However, Leeland was spotted by a member of the public in Fintry – who then alerted police.
Michelle said she “broke down” when police called to say that he was safe and sound – and being brought home by officers.
She added: “The police were absolutely amazing – I can’t thank them enough for everything they did for me and Leeland.
“The whole time I was thinking that he wasn’t going to come home. When they phoned and said they had him I just broke down – I didn’t know how to react.
“I don’t think people understand just how great a job the police do sometimes.
“They deserve all the credit in the world. I honestly don’t know how I can thank them.”
Michelle said that she hopes to find out who the officers were – and plans to thank them in person.
Leeland previously gained attention at the age of three when an investigation was launched after he was left alone on a city council-contracted bus for more than three hours at a depot on Morgan Street.