Deputy brings gifts, cake and an impromptu parade to lost boy who had no birthday celebration

When a Spokane Valley deputy found a child who had run away from a children’s home, the deputy bought him dry clothes and books before several other deputies arranged to drive by the child’s hospital in a mini-parade, according to a Spokane Valley Police Department news release.

At about 8:30 a.m. Monday, an employee at the Walmart at 5025 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley reported to dispatch they’d found a young boy shaking with cold waiting for his parents, who he said were coming from Seattle to pick him up, the release said.

Deputy Skye Ortiz arrived and discovered the 13-year-old boy had been outside for hours. Initially,

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