I don't want to call the police...EDIT...Happy Ending EDIT
For the second night in a row a little boy (11 y/o) from the neighborhood has shown up at my house to call his mom. Last night he showed up at 8:30p and tonight at 9:15p. Both times he's been out playing, and came home to a locked house. Last night he called his mom and then left 15 min later assuring me that someone would be home. Tonight he called, but said it went straight to voicemail, so he's hanging out with my kids now.
I told DH about last night earlier today. When I went down to tell him the boy was back tonight he said to call the police. I think that's a little extreme. I don't know this boy's parents or what the situation is. On the other hand, how is he locked out of the house after dark? I'm just not sure what to do here, if anything. Help me out ladies.
***Update in 3rd response below.
HAPPY ENDING: So glad I didn't call the police! That little boy showed up at my door again last night around 8p. It was raining so of course I let him in. He calls his mom and then asks if he can hang out with us for 20-30 min until she comes to pick him up. I say OK and let DH know. He says he'll talk to the mom when she gets here. 40 min later the little boy says he's leaving. Now his story is his mom said if she's not there by now his dad should be home. DH says let him go home, so I do. A minute later he's back at the door asking for a ride home because it's dark. He's so much taller than my son I figured he was the same age or older, but the fear on his face prompted me to ask his age. He's only 10. So I take him home, walk him to the door and ask to speak to his parents. Lo and behold, his mom is there! Seems this little boy likes to sneak out. She's got the number for most of the places he goes and he basically found with us somewhere that she doesn't know about. He supposed to be home by dark, but he's afraid to walk in the dark. So my house was literally a "lighted harbour" for him and then a safe escort home. His mom and I exchanged names and numbers and I think everything will be okay now. She knows one more place that he'll be and I know he's okay at home. Whew!