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Toddler wanders from home; found safe

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MEIGS COUNTY (WRCB) – It was a tense couple of hours in Meigs County Tuesday.

A two-year-old boy was reported missing from his home on Womac Hollow Road.

The mother reported her son missing, fearing he had fallen in the rising water near the home.

The toddler was found in a thicket three quarters of a mile from the home, he was unharmed.

A reserve officer for Rhea County Sheriff's Department, Joey Scealf, brought his tracking bloodhound, Pearl, to help with the search.

Meigs County detectives are saying Pearl is a hero, but Scealf says the entire Meigs County community helped find the boy. 

Scealf says the toddler was at the foot of a tree.  He adds that if Pearl wouldn't have tracked him with her nose, he'd never seen him because he was lying on the ground. 

Scealf adds, "Once we found him and she started licking him he started crying and hollerin for his mama."

The boy was unharmed, but wet, and likely scared. 

It was a big day for Pearl.  This was her first official find.  Scealf says he's grateful for the training and help he's gotten from Rhea County and the Chattanooga K-9 Unit.



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