Three-year-old Max McGrath had an urge for a chocolate egg in the middle of the night, and nothing was going to stop him from satisfying his craving!
At 3 in the morning the toddler climbed out of bed, slipped on his brother’s shoes and armed himself with his pocket money and a front door key, before heading out on a mile-long walk to the shop.
Still dressed in his pyjamas, determined Max toddled through deserted streets in oversized shoes, crossing several roads, until he was finally spotted peering through the window of a closed supermarket.
Meanwhile, his family remained blissfully unaware of his adventures as they slept.
Newspaper delivery driver James Brown said he was stunned to see little Max outside the shop.
“I approached him and he told me in a very matter-of-fact way that he was going to the shop,” said James.
“He told me that his family were at home asleep.”
James took Max back to the family home at 4am and, when he could not wake Max’s parents, called police and explained what had happened.
“He was fine but it must have been such a shock for his family when they found out what had happened,” he said.
“I have a child about the same age and it is terrifying to think what an adventurous youngster can get up to.”
Max’s relieved mother Amy said: “Max is a very adventurous boy but is a complete surprise that he would do something like this.
“It is terrifying to think what might have happened because he must have crossed several roads.
“Anyone could have found him but I am very grateful that Mr. Brown did what he did and brought him home safely to us.
“When the police arrived it was an awful shock. They said they had found my son.
“I’m still shaking from shock after all this.”
As incredibly scary as this is, you can tell that this little boy is one smart cookie! His poor parents!