Grandmother granted custody of Longwood boy, 3, found sleeping on porch in NY, officials say

LONGWOOD, Fla. — The grandmother of a 3-year-old Florida boy who was found abandoned in Buffalo, New York, has been granted temporary custody of the toddler after he was brought home Friday.

Zenaida Colon and her attorney walked out of a New York courtroom earlier in the day without her young grandson Noelvin, but still victorious, after a judge granted her temporary custody of the 3-year-old, who was found on a Buffalo area porch earlier this month. Noelvin later arrived back in Central Florida Friday evening.

Their reunion had to wait until the boy passed a medical exam, but the judge's order allowed the boy to join Colon on the trip back to Florida since she had already passed the required checks by the Department of Children and Families.

"I'm excited. I'm overwhelmed. I'm happy. (We) want Noelvin back on track and help him with all the needs that he's need, from now on," Colon said.

Detectives have also completed their questioning of the toddler, whose parents, Miguel Colon and Nicole Plaud, from Longwood, and their friend from Puerto Rico, have been missing for nearly two weeks.

Police found the adults' burned-out rental car with two bodies inside about a mile away from where Noelvin was discovered sleeping in a box on a front porch.

"We're pretty certain he's going to be needing some counseling to help him get through these trying times. We're sure he was traumatized by the events that he may or may not have witnessed and we're just glad that this is over with," said Bob Vario, the family's attorney.

Investigators are still trying to identify the bodies found in the car, and said it could take weeks to identify the remains.

Officials are also still searching for two people who were seen on surveillance cameras leading the boy away and carrying what appear to be gas cans.

The process for permanent custody of the 3-year-old boy will continue in Florida.

You can watch raw interview with the grandmother below:

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