A 3-year-old boy who vanished near his Texas home was found alive, officials said.
The boy had been missing for about 45 minutes when he was found in a wooded area about 150 feet from the house. His mother told authorities she put him outside to play before going back inside.
He is now being treated at an area hospital for dehydration and possible exposure to ticks or animals.
The boy is believed to have walked out of his home around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.
A search involving about 20 people was launched, including deputies and a helicopter from the sheriff’s office along with members of Texas Search and Rescue and a bloodhound from Wise County Fire Department Search and Rescue, the Weatherford Democrat said.
The boy was found about an hour after disappearing, according to KXAS-TV.
The boy’s mother told us she put him outside to play, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler told ABC News. She went back in the house for a short period and then went out again to check and he was missing, Fowler said.
Fowler told Fox 4 the child walked into the woods and was followed by his dog when he disappeared.
He had a little doggie with him that was his best buddy and he played with that dog, they were buddies, Fowler told Fox 4. But the little boy knew exactly what he was doing because when we found him, the dog stayed right there by him.
The boy, whose name has not been released, was found after a neighbor heard him crying and yelling for his mother.
He had some scratches and mosquito bites but he’s fine. He’s good. We’re just glad to have him back, Fowler told ABC News.
We’ve got all of our manpower out here looking for the child, he’s wearing just a T-shirt and diaper. It’s about 80 degrees right now so I would imagine after being out in the heat for an hour, he’d probably be dehydrated, Fowler told NBC DFW.
The sheriff said there are no plans to file charges related to the case since the child was unharmed.