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'Tough' toddler found alive after 2 days in woods
« on: May 07, 2009, 09:59:45 pm »
ARCADIA, Mo. – Thirsty, dirty and tired after spending two days and nights barely clothed in the wet, chilly woods of Mark Twain National Forest, 3-year-old Joshua Childers was ready to go home.

The boy was lying on the ground of a hollow near a creek bottom Wednesday afternoon when a volunteer searcher spied his bare bottom.

"Hey, bud!" called out Donnie Halpin, a 57-year-old construction worker from nearby Fredericktown, who wasn't sure whether the grimy figure was even alive.

But Joshua sat right up and grinned at his rescuer.

"You ready to go home?" Halpin asked.

"Yeah," said Joshua.

The boy was wet and only wearing a T-shirt and one tennis shoe. Halpin called 911, then wrapped the child in his shirt, scooped him up and carried him about a half-mile to a house.

"He hung on to me pretty tight," said Halpin, who didn't have any water for the child but gave him some candy. "Outside of a few scratches, he was in really good shape."

Joshua had slipped out of his family's mobile home near Arcadia in rural southeast Missouri around 11:30 a.m. Monday, while his father slept and his mother talked on the phone.

Terry Schulte, the boy's grandmother, told KSDK-TV that Joshua told her he was on his way to visit her. She lives about five miles from his home, and he was found covered in ticks about a half-mile away. Somewhere along the way he lost his pull-up diaper and one of his sneakers, which searchers found near a pond Monday.

Halpin discovered Joshua around 4 p.m. Wednesday while walking along an all-terrain vehicle trail about three miles from the boy's home, after first spotting some stray dogs sniffing at something.

"I'm going to put him up for the Grizzy Adams Award, send him bear-hunting with a stick," his overjoyed father, Adam Childers, told reporters, marveling at his son's survival skills.

"It's undescribable how grateful we are," Childers said. "I mean, you doubt if God's actually with you for awhile, and then something like this happens, and you know he's there."

Madison County Sheriff David Lewis said searchers had been growing increasingly pessimistic about their chances of finding Joshua alive. He figured three days was about the limit for the boy's survival in the wild without food and water.

"It's a miracle," Lewis said. "I'm so happy, you can't believe it."

Hundreds of volunteers from as far away as St. Louis, 100 miles to the northeast, came to help in the search. So did professional search and rescue crews from dozens of agencies. The Missouri State Highway Patrol brought in planes. The state Water Patrol brought in divers and sonar. Dozens of dogs, horses, ATVs and even donkeys scattered in the miles around the tiny home that sits along the wild, rocky terrain of the Mark Twain National Forest.

The area is home to bears, mountain lions and snakes. Heavy rain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning swelled creeks in the area.

"I don't know how he did it," Adam Childers said. "I don't know grown men that could do it. But all I can say is he's a tough little bugger."

Doctors have told him that his son is a little dehydrated but otherwise fine, Childers said. The child was evaluated and listed in fair condition, first at Iron County Hospital and later at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City, where he was transferred because it has a larger pediatric unit.

The boy has been asking for milk and hot dogs since his rescue, Childers said.


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Re: 'Tough' toddler found alive after 2 days in woods
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2009, 11:57:43 pm »
wow. gikuyogan to sa iya angel for sure.. it's when you start loosing hope, then here comes a miracle. :)

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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2009, 02:08:38 am »
Basta gani naa kay anak ani nga pangidaron unya you are talking on the phone expect nga mo act up ni sila.Mogara ni ug unsay pangayuon ug di ka kabantay ikyas ang labas mao ni nahitabo aning bataa.I'm glad nga okey ra siya.Theres always happy ending in some story.

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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2009, 02:20:40 am »
Hoy kakuyaw ba ani,thanks God kay nakasurvive ra siya,imagine 2 yrs old pa siya, dile ko ka-imagine sa  iyang feelings kung gabii na nga nag inusara ra siya sa ngit2x unya gutom pa gyud.

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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2009, 02:21:23 am »
I heard this news sa Nancy Grace.  I am so glad everything just went fine. Luoy kaayo pod ang mother kay mao tawon gi dakdanan.  Abtik lang jud kaayo ning bataa ni.  The MOm was talking to the phone for just 5 minutes then later realized the baby was not in the house anymore.  The frantic mother called 911 and the search started. 

I was hoping and praying that this kid would just be okay and it's an answered prayer.  nag worry ko kay diha ra ba jud daw daghan creek sa area nila.  Maayo gani wa sya layuga ug wild animals.  It's so nice to hear news like this with happy endings.  Thanks Lord for saving this baby!

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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2009, 03:24:56 am »
it only shows that God is there and sent his guardian angels to protect the kid. until now, I still believe in guardian angels.
this is truly amazing and it's really a miracle.

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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2009, 12:11:09 pm »
Kuyawa pood ni. Thank God the little guy is alright.

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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2009, 01:54:47 pm »
hala oy Thanks God ni survive ang bata kuyawa no

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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2009, 01:52:30 am »
this is one of the amazing stories i've ever heard.

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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2009, 03:39:30 am »
Immagine tua ka sa gawas for 3 days unya ug night time ang temperature mo drop ug 40 degree perting tugnawa.Ing cross pa gyud ning bataa ug daghan creek.The two family dogs keep him warm wala gyud siya biyai sa iro.Guardian angel ang dogs niya.
One thing I notice about our two dogs also especially the Black Labrador kung akong mga anak magdula outside he always keep an eye on them.One time nakatulog akong anak sa stroller unya nagdali dali ko ug sulod kay nangihi giatungan gyud sa among iro ang akong anak wala biyai.Same thing when we go for walk my two dogs always there for me.Most dogs here have the maternal instinct.



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