Reports of a missing child wandering the streets of Kibworth in his pyjamas were investigated by police over the weekend.
Officers carried out house-to-house inquiries but no further information was forthcoming.
Rumours of the missing boy circulated on Twitter on Saturday.
Responding to the Mail on Twitter, a spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: “Report of boy (8), in pyjamas seen in Kibworth at 11.30am on [Saturday].
“Thorough investigation, no sightings or missing children reported.”