HAZLETON, Pa. -- On Wednesday night, shortly after 11:30, the Hazleton Headlines received a report of an unattended child near the Hazleton Shopping Center.
We later learned the child's gender to be male and age, 11.
According to a witness' account, he was asking bystanders for money to supposedly buy ice cream for his mother's birthday.
He appeared to had black and blues on his face, while wearing unwashed clothing.
We directed the tipster to call police and stay near or in view of the child until police arrived, in which the tipster confirmed they had.
We didn't initially report about the situation that night via social media in fear of endangering the child by calling attention to the area.