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Police find missing boy struck by train in Essex

A 10-year-old boy was seriously injured after being struck by an Amtrak train in Essex on Sunday, Baltimore County police said Monday.

The boy was taken by his father to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center before medics could arrive, and police on Sunday were able to confirm only that a child had been struck by the train and that detectives were working to find where the boy was taken. The boy's father, Randolph L. Smith, told police his son had been injured after falling off playground equipment, police said.

County police identified the boy as Tyler Eugene Smith, of Essex, and said he is expected to recover from his injuries. County police say they have closed the case without filing charges against the elder Smith, though their file was sent to Amtrak Police and Baltimore County's Department of Health and Human Services.

Police say officers were called to the train tracks near Eastern Avenue and Tidewater Lane about 11 a.m. and found food and other evidence that people had been near the tracks, including the elder Smith's driver's license. Nearby was a "tattered" fishing tackle bag and under the train was fishing tackle and a shirt, but no injured boy, police said.

The Amtrak engineer told police he did not know what happened to the injured child. Police tracked down the father and the boy, who was later moved to Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and the boy told police he had been injured on the train tracks.

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