Missing 9-Year-Old NH Boy Found Safe Again

HAMPSTEAD, N.H. (CBS) – A nine-year-old New Hampshire boy, who went missing and was found last week, has been found safe again on Tuesday.

Devin Frenette had been missing since around 11 a.m. when he was seen near Catherine Avenue in Hampstead.

Devin went missing in New Hamshire last week and was found 30 hours later in a neighbor’s house.

Devin went missing from his home last week and was found safe October 18 under his neighbor’s bed after a 30-hour search involving dozens of people and police.

Devin is developmentally delayed both mentally and physically.

  • Ding Ding Ding

    and the 2011 Parents of the Year award goes to…….

    • gigi

      pick me!! i know this one!!!

  • yamstar1

    What the heck is up with these parents? A developmentally challenged child appears to have so little supervision that he can wander off at will. Once again, a large scale search will be launched to locate this child. One has to wonder if these parents are the best people to have the responsibility of caring for this child.

    • MGodzik

      The parents should be charged with the cost of the searches. Hit them in the pocket book and they might take notice.

  • BadParents

    If I am right, this is the 3rd time he’s missing. What’s up with his parents?

  • Emmit066

    On a serious note, the technology is out there that can aid in locating this boy. They make child locating devices that can be a little pricey but would totally work in a situation like this. I saw one that is a digital wrist watch that will send an alert if it’s tampered with. Hopefully they find the little guy soon!

  • gigi

    ok you big mouth people who said it was cruel to put an electronic tracking device on this child – lets here it… better to waste the law enforcement’s time and tax payer money than track a child who is challenged on several levels?!! I didnt think so. all I hear is crickets chirping. The last time he went missing was the second time it happened. He received all kinds of media attention – you can see the smile in his face when his parents were holding him. He doesnt understand what he put everyone through searching for him for days – its time for the parents to take matters into his own hands-do the right thing will you please???

    • alan

      They make shoes with GPS built into them!

  • Pat

    This is a developmentally delayed child and that can’t be easy for the parents. Prehaps, for his own safety, some sort of electronic tracking device would be the best way to go. I feel deeply for his parents and hope he is found safe and sound. Let’s figure out a way to help rather than criticize.

  • BackOff

    Don’t criticize until you’ve been in their shoes. He may be getting up when everyone is sleeping and going for a stroll (he may have got a point where he is pushing his boundaries like most kids do). What are their choices: – sleep in the same bed with him (they’ll be accussed of pediophilia and he may be able to sneak out without waking them anyway); lock his room from the outside or tie him up (child abuse/what if there is a fire). Alarms on doors – maybe but delayed doesn’t mean unintelligent – he may be able to disable it. Ankle or watch bracelet GPS tracker – possibility but some kids with this condition freak out having something like that on them.

    • gigi

      we are not saying strap him to the bed or lock him in the closet to keep an eye on him. it is evident that the parents have their hands full so why not used technology – ankle, bracelet, chip in the skin, SOMETHING to track him – so when he takes that nightly walk in the woods, he can be easily found.

      • Carol

        I couldn’t imagine NOT wanting to at least try something like that if my child was prone to dissapearing like this.

    • ColdHardReality

      He went missing at 11AM, not in the middle of the night. This is the fourth time it’s happened and at least three times have been in the middle of the day.

      Clearly home schooling is not working and he needs to be in a structured environment.

      If you have a child with these kinds of issues then you have an obligation to provide him with the care that he needs. If the Hampstead Public School System cannot accommodate his needs, then the parents should enroll him in a private school that can. If they can’t afford it, then they need to move to a city that has social services which can accommodate him. That is their obligation as parents.

      Hopefully this story will have a happy ending AGAIN. However something clearly needs to be done.

    • Steve

      My cousin is mentally challenged…. His parents put beep alarms on all windows and doors so when one is opened it makes a loud (but not deafening) beep. Maybe this is an idea so they know if someone is leaving or entering the house? Or perhaps a chain link lock located high up on the door where he cannot reach? There are plenty of options avail. Happens once, okay, happens twice, maybe a freak thing, but three times? Just doesn’t happen. Time to start watching your child.

  • Carol

    This boy is smarter then he is getting credit for. He may be developmentally disabled, but he has the wits about him to get into a home that is not his and keep himself fed and out of sight. I hope he is given some help soon, because this whole breaking into houses and hiding under the bed thing will be a scary and dangerous situation when he is not a cute 9yr old anymore.

  • tsal

    I was wondering how everyone would like it if their every move and every decision became a blog debate – discussed by people who know absolutely nothing about your situation. Are there problems? Absolutely yes. Are any of you here qualified to decide what the problems are or how to deal with them. Absolutely No. Have any of you ever made a bad decision? If not, please go ahead and have a field day deciding what this family should do.

    Back Off – good for you.

  • Emma

    I have two sons that are developmentally delayed. It only took one time with one of them getting out and not knowing where he was for a couple hours before my husband and I did something about it. This is the third time and the second time in a week. If he is getting out when everyone is sleeping then they need to move the locks further up the door or put in an alarm system. The alarm system may be expensive but can you put a price on your child’s safety?

  • Cathy Gagnon

    there as to be a reason why he keeps going missing…is dcf involved some how..if not why not?? it may not help getting them involved but maybe a wake up call for the parents

  • macmum

    Uh. I’m thinking that whoever is responsible for his well being – whether it be parents, teachers, bus drivers..whatever, needs to start paying closer attention as it seems that Devin as become highly inquisitive and adventurous. Sadly, he may not turn up okay the next time. And really? how many times does he need to “wander off” before these people get a clue and make adjustments???

    • gramps

      Evening mum,

      The lad needs a service dog to be with him at all times….&…. you could put a GPS on the dog.

      As far as the parents are concerned they need a copy of…..

      ‘Clues For The Clueless’ by Scott Adams


      • macmum

        Evening Gramps. I have to agree that something needs to be done and the situation should be looked into a bit closer. It breaks my heart to think that no one in his life is “on the ball” enough to keep him safe…..No accusations being made here, just loads of questions being asked.

  • embee105

    I can’t imagine what these parents must have to deal with on a daily basis raising a developmentally disabled child so I can’t criticize them in any way. I’m sure its harder than anyone can imagine.

    However, wouldn’t it be cheaper for the tax payer to get a gps device on this child?

  • Shani Testaverde

    Devin Frenette has run away several times. Devin may not be able to express the abuse or suffering he’s being put through amd because of that he was returned to his parents. It’s so sad that this little boy needed help, but had to take it upon himself to seek a safe place.

    • WTH?

      How do you KNOW he’s being abused?

  • pammie6

    We all realize that raising ALL children is a challenge, and a child with delay maybe even more difficult. But these parents need to be much more involved in his well being. At 11am, is not a time that the parents are sleeping, all doors should be bolted and alarmed, no playing outside in the yard without constant supervision! There are programs for this child I hope he is enrolled in one. Good Luck!

  • coach23

    Does anyone supervise this kid? Social Services needs to pay them a visit.

  • Ed Truitt

    safetynet by lojack


    this works

  • jaygee

    When police and neighbors found him the first time, or second, anyone could see that he loved the attention he was receiving. He enjoyed it so much that now, he has done it again. It’s obvious the parents have their hands full and from the looks of their house, they also have ample money to create safeguards. Classic example of The Boy who cried Wolf since there will come a time that many will simply not care and then he might never come back.

  • BH

    From what I’ve read, this is the 4th time since 2009 that he has done this. It’s obvious these parents don’t even bother to watch this kid that closely at all. You would think after the 1st time he did this, they would do some drastic things like place a fence on the property for starters. It seems that if these parents and not capable to handling kids like him so let’s have the state do it for them. What this kid needs is some serious tough love. I won’t be suprised if he is placed once again in foster care. Best of luck to the next parents who adopt this kid.

  • MGodzik

    These parents seem to need help in giving this boy the supervision he needs. The boy seems to be more than emotionally delayed. He is attention seeking and acting out. Negative attention is better than none at all. His mother needs to watch him 24/7. Put secure locks on the door, the ones the kid can’t undo, put alarms on the windows & doors. Then punish him when he is brought back! No positive attention for serious issues. Maybe locking him in a secure room with no attention or stimulation might help. But what ever the parents are doing is significantly deficient. How about putting a gps microchip in him? Right between the shoulder blades.

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/10/26/state-to-decide-how-to-deal-with-wandering-nh-boy/ State To Decide How To Deal With Wandering NH Boy « CBS Boston

    […] Frenette ran off for the second time in a week on Tuesday and was located in a tree hours later. Last week, hundreds of searchers spent hours looking for the […]

  • WTH?

    I feel bad for the boy, and the parents. It has to be a hard and trying life. Still, the state cannot be using taxpayer money everytime this kid wanders off. Something needs to be done – but I honestly have no idea what. It’s just sad.

  • Bob

    These incidents have – luckily – had a happy ending so far. During the Winter, things could turn out tragically. Unless is parents make some changes, It is a question of “when”.

    • MGodzik

      I completely agree with Bob. The weather is getting colder and this kid may not be so lucky the next time. I also think he imagines this as a big game.

  • susan

    They should invest in dooe & window alarms first! These parents can’t keep calling police, wasting their time & taxpayers $$, when prevention is key!

  • rintintin

    Take this kid away from his parents immediately.

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