Toddler found after wandering off from Merriam hotel room
MERRIAM, Kan. — An overnight scare ends in relief at a Merriam, Kan., hotel.
A 20-month-old boy somehow got out of his room at a Comfort Inn and wandered off in the middle of the night, which prompted a huge police search that lasted nearly 4 hours.
Colton Webber is only two feet tall and 28 pounds, which is hard enough to imagine how he got out of his room at all. But, somehow he did — terrifying his parents and sending police on a frustrating search in the wee hours of the morning.
“We had officers search the entire hotel,” said Lt. Mike Daniels of the Merriam Police Department. “We contacted everyone staying there and looked in their rooms.”
Webber’s parents are from Oklahoma and on a trip to visit friends where they booked two rooms — the kids were asleep in one room and the parents were in an adjoining room.
When the parents checked on the boy at 1 a.m., he was there. He was gone at their next check at 3 a.m.
“There is (sic) bushes, trash and sewers and for a two-year-old, that is a playground,” said hotel guest Anthony Infante, who helped joined the search for the missing toddler.
Colton’s mother showed Infante a photo and said “she was distraught and drained and hanging by a thread.”
At around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, after a third search through the second floor, the good news came.
“An officer found him in a storage room,” Daniels said. “He had climbed up on some boxes and was under some blankets. He was asleep on the second floor.
A great relief to police, guests, and of course baby Colton’s parents.
“Now she is relieved and happy and thrilled that she has her child now,” Infante said.
Hotel guests told FOX 4 that as police knocked on doors to search for the missing toddler, many came right open. Some guests apparently though the doors locked automatically when they swung shut.