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Lost Melbourne boy reunited with parents

AAP logoAAP 20/12/2016 Melissa Iaria

Seven-year-old Digby has been reunited with his relieved mum after breaking out of his Melbourne home during their first night in the big smoke.

Digby, who has Down syndrome, was found wandering Carlton North's Lygon Street at 4am on Wednesday, prompting passersby to call police.

His panicked mum Toni Swain woke at 7am to find Digby was not in his room.

The heavy boxes and objects she used to barricade the front door were moved "just enough to squeeze through", so she immediately phoned police.

"He's very strong. He got out at apparently 4am, I didn't even hear him," she said.

"He walked about 50 metres up the street before someone grabbed him and called police.

"Within about a minute of waking up, I knew he was alright. So it wasn't too bad, I suppose."

The family had moved from country NSW to Melbourne on Tuesday so Digby has better access to specialists.

But the deadlocks on their new home were broken and Ms Swain's efforts to get them fixed before night time fell through.

"I rang the real estate straight away and said this needs to work because Digby can get out," she said.

Sure enough, he did and Ms Swain was reunited with her boy at Fitzroy police station on Wednesday morning in front of a bevy of television cameras.

Digby was fine, if a little tired from his late night adventure, and police had kept him amused with games, toast and milk.

"He was happy on the computer and looking at the CCTV and all that," Ms Swain said.

"I'm relieved, it could have been a completely different story."

She said Digby was an "escapist" who had wandered from home before.

Living in the country, he was well known, but there were other dangers.

"We had a river nearby so it's always been a nightmare, that's why I wanted to move to a place that was more secure," she said.

The family was spending Wednesday morning deadlocked inside, but not for long.

"I think we've got to go to Bunnings and get some screening for the outside so he doesn't climb the bloody fence - or go under it," Ms Swain said.

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