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Kidnapped Boy, 5, Left in Restaurant Trash Bin

January 02, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A 5-year-old Clearwater boy who was abducted New Year's Eve crawled free of the trash bin he was dumped in and flagged down a motorist for help, police said.

The boy was kidnapped from outside the apartment where his family lives, Clearwater police said. Witnesses said they saw the kidnapper driving a white pickup with ice cream symbols.

The boy was left behind a restaurant 65 miles northeast in Sumter County about 4 a.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Bobby Caruthers of the Sumter County sheriff's office.

The child was "doing as well as can be expected after going though this ordeal," Caruthers said.

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