Dog Leads Police to Home of Wandering Toddler

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LIBERTY, Mo. --  A toddler sneaked out of his house while his mother slept and took his dog, Chloe, for an adventure. But Chloe eventually led police back to the toddler's mother.

"She had woken up to find her little boy was gone," said Liberty Police Lt. Andy Hedrick. "So, the officer checked and made sure nothing else was wrong with the house and didn't find anything of concern, but the mother was very glad to get her little boy back."

Police found the boy's home address on the dog's collar.

When officers asked the boy where he was going he told them "to nana's house," meaning his grandmother. She lives about three blocks away from where police found him along Mississippi Street in Liberty.

The boy's mother told FOX 4 that her son has never wandered off before. She also said she purchased additional home security items and the incident has people unfairly criticizing her. She hasn't been charged with anything, and according to Liberty police, she's not the first parent who has a little one sneak out of the house.

"It's certainly not an every day or every week kind of thing, but it does happen," Lt. Hedrick said. "Children can get away from you especially about three year old. They're just old enough where they're very mobile, and they know how to open doors sometimes. If they make up their minds to go somewhere they can get away from you pretty quickly."

The toddler's mother says she'd like to thank the good Samaritan who spotted her son and dog and called the police.



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