IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. — A boy diagnosed with autism wandered away from his South Bay elementary school and is picked up by a stranger.

Richard Scherman dropped off his 11-year-old son at Central Elementary in Imperial Beach Monday morning.

“He went in line and then decided he wanted to leave,” Scherman said. “He walked out (the) door while other kids were entering.”

Scherman claimed no one noticed his young son had wandered away from school.

The child, also named Richard, said he just wanted to go home, “to give my mom hugs and kisses.”

“Most kids they know better, but an autistic kid doesn’t know better,” Scherman said.

Scherman said the sixth grader walked down the block to a busy street where he crossed the road alone and then walked about a half mile.

“I got into the yellow truck and asked her for a ride,” the little boy said. “I thought it was a taxi though.”

Thankfully, it was an elderly woman who realized something was terribly wrong. She called a relative who works for Chula Vista Police Department and he took the boy home.

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