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Boy, 5, Leaves Home In The Night To 'Find Coca-Cola Christmas Truck'

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Boy, 5, Leaves Home In The Night To 'Find Coca-Cola Christmas Truck'

A five-year-old boy has been rescued after he got up in the middle of the night - apparently in search of the Christmas Coca-Cola truck - and ran outside into freezing cold temperatures.

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The child, Artyom, was only wearing underwear when he braved sub-zero temperatures to look for the famous vehicle.

He was found by police three hours later, shivering in a bus stop on a high way in Moscow, Russia.

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His parents and five siblings had no idea the boy had gone to find the truck, which he thought was a train, after seeing it on TV.

The young boy was seen on CCTV footage, wearing only his underpants, running out of the block of flats he lived in, hoping to find Santa.

Although it's not known exactly what he got up to when he left the flats, he was seen walking on the pavement in minus five degrees weather before police came across him.

Police said that he was visibly upset he hadn't been able to find the truck.

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He told officers: "I wanted to see it, I wanted to see it."

Credit: East2West News
Credit: East2West News

It was a 'miracle' he did not suffer severe frostbite, said one comment.

As reported by Life: "The child gave only the names of the parents, but could not explain the address of his block.

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"The boy was taken to the police station, and later sent to the hospital as a neglected person."

His parents woke to find him missing at 7am on Friday (18 December), before calling the emergency services.

The boy's adoptive mother Maria Gotovtseva, 35, said later: "On the evening before he kept repeating all the time about a decorated train from the TV advert - and how he wants to see it and go on it."

Credit: East2West News
Credit: East2West News
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He had also drawn pictures of the presents he wanted to get from Santa, she said.

She had not expected him to reach up to the latch, let himself out, take the lift down five floors, and head outside in search of the Coca-Cola truck.

The boy remains in hospital in Moscow after he was exposed to the cold, but is expected to recover.

The family will now undergo checks from social services into whether the boy was neglected, say reports.

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Maria and her husband, a protestant pastor, have five children of their own.

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