Missing Toddler Found In Bushes Nearby His Home

February 19, 2017
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In Portland, Ore. a 2-year-old boy was found by a Mountain Wave Search and Rescue K9, after he was reported missing by his Mom.

The toddler was found about 2 blocks from his home, where K9 Ava found him in a blackberry bush.

Becky Irving with Mountain Wave said: “She dragged me right in there,” She also said that Ava is trained to search for the freshest human scent she smells.

The little boy was taken to the hospital to be treated for exposure and scratches from the bush in which he was found.

Police said the boy’s mother reported him missing around 6 a.m. when she woke up and he was not in the bed with her. The mother described him as a “very mobile” toddler.

“This is just a really good reminder for parents out there, if you have little ones, get those child locks,” Sgt. Jeff Helfrich warned “Put those on there. Pay attention to your kids if they wander around because these things happen. You may not think it happens to you, but it will.”

Helfrich mentioned that the boy became very attached to the officer who pulled him out of the bushes.

“The officer took his coat off and gave it to the child and actually went with the child to the hospital,” Helfrich said. “The child didn’t want to let go of the officer that found him.”

Police said the Oregon Department of Human Services will review the case, which is standard procedure in situations involving the welfare of a child.

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