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Debra Wisler, 39, is charged with child endangerment. (Source: New Jersey State Police) Debra Wisler, 39, is charged with child endangerment. (Source: New Jersey State Police)

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP/MEREDITH) — A New Jersey mom is accused of abandoning her 10-year-old son with special needs in the woods near a military base.

State police say the boy was found Thursday by a passing motorist who saw him walking in the woods near the visitors center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

The boy told employees at the center that his mother walked him into the woods and left him there, according to authorities. He said he fell asleep and woke up hungry. 

The child was treated there for minor injuries. Officials say they located his mother, 39-year-old Millville Township resident Debra Wisler, after he gave them her name.

State police say Wisler abandoned the boy after she found out he wasn't eligible for a children's program at the base. She's charged with child endangerment.

A telephone number for Wisler could not be located Tuesday, and it wasn't known if she's retained an attorney.

The child has been placed in a temporary home.

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