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Little boy finds $8,000 at the park


(CNN) -- A Massachusetts boy, 7, found thousands of dollars, but he did not hold on to it. He made sure it was returned to his owner.

Aiden Wright has always been taught to do the right thing, but his character was tested on Saturday when he found $8,000 at a park in Salem.

"I ran up the slide and at the top I looked at the corner and there was this black check book and I opened it up and I saw $8,000 in it and then I brought it to down my uncle," Wright said.

"I took it back to my truck and I counted it and it was $8,000," said Danny Wright, Aiden's uncle.

While some would probably hesitate, Aiden and his uncle did not. They immediately turned it into police. Turns out the money belongs to Elias Santos, a hard working contractor who had just got paid.   

"I am so grateful, you know, because we don't have people like this no more," Santos said.

Santos had the money in his pocket as he was playing with his children in the park. As he came down the slide it accidentally fell out but he didn't know it was gone"

"When the police called I was kind of surprised," Santos said.

"Officer asked him if he's missing any thing or got robbed and he fished in his pocket immediately and said I am missing $8,000," said Salem Police Department Lt. Matthew Desmond.

To thank Aiden for his honesty, Elias gave him $100.

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