Toddler Found Wandering In Blue Earth County

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A man from Mankato may have saved a child’s life after he found the boy wandering on Tuesday in Blue Earth County, authorities said.

David Anderson of Mankato called the Blue Earth County Dispatch at 1:49 p.m. Tuesday after he found a 2-year-old boy on County Road 17 and Highway 60. When the child was found, he was not injured and was wearing pajamas with only one shoe on, authorities said.

When law enforcement got to the scene they began knocking on doors in the area in an attempt to find the child’s home. They were able to locate the child’s mother, who did not notice that the child had been missing for about 30 minutes.

The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office said the child has been put in foster care while the incident is under investigation. Blue Earth County officials said the road the boy was found on was not a heavily traveled road, but it is very near Highway 60, a busy stretch in southern Minnesota.

The mother of the child has not been identified at this time, but authorities said there were no signs that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the incident. Officials have not announced yet what will happen to the child.

  • pib

    All you have to do is blink and a child can get away from you, but you usually notice their absense after 2 minutes not 30. Glad the little one is OK

  • Jean

    How do you not know your child is missing after 30 minutes? How?????

    • Kate

      We don’t have enough information about this situation to be quite so judgmental. What if this was at 5:30am, when Mom was asleep? As a parent, you’d like to think that you would hear a child waking up or opening doors, etc. But you don’t always hear it. Example (and I will note that i am an extremely overprotective mother whose mom & grandma tell me to let my kids be kids, LOL!). I am a very deep sleeper. Not much can wake me up. With both my kids, my husband would wake me up when the baby was crying. It’s not that I didn’t want to get up – I honestly was so dead-to-the-world asleep (no medication, drugs or alcohol involved) that I didn’t hear the baby crying (and he couldn’t feed them b/c he doesn’t have mammary glands). I had my 2nd child when my first was 2 yrs old. My husband had to leave for work at 5am. My older child usually slept until 7am, so my husband would make sure I was up & moving around before he left. One day, I fell back asleep in the recliner in our living room. I woke up at 6:15am, and went to check on the kids (upstairs in their bedrooms). 2 year old was missing. Not in his room, the baby’s room or my bedroom. Not in the playroom or the kitchen. I noticed the front door was unlocked (not open, but unlocked). I open it – and there is 2 yr. old, sitting in the enclosed front porch, eating Cheerios from the box and drinking a bottle of water he had opened. Thank God he didn’t know how to unlock the screen door going to the outside … he would’ve been at the park having a blast, I’m sure. My point is – it happens, even to “good” parents.

      BTW, the little stinker is now 4 and is a light sleeper – he’s such a night owl! I do my best to stay awake until he’s asleep, but sometimes he’ll wake up super early and attempt escape again. We put an alarm system in, b/c that is about the only sound that will wake ME up at night (hubby now works overnight shift).

      • Kate

        I see this was at 1:49pm. I missed it in my initial read of the story.

        However, my point is still valid. Maybe mom was taking a nap (we’re allowed to do that, too). It’s not as clear-cut as “Mom was in the living room watching talk shows and ignoring her child.” So, please don’t jump to conclusions right away.

    • Kate

      P.S. Before you get all “lock the door” on me, we DID lock the door. Both the handle and the deadbolt. That day, I’m sure my husband didn’t lock the handle lock (I don’t know that my son had that figured out at that time), but the deadbolt was always locked. My son was able to unlock it – this is part of the reason why my husband always woke me up before he left – to prevent something like this from happening. Some kids are smarter than you think, and sneakier than you’d expect a toddler to be ;)

      Sure glad this little guy is OK – the story could have had a tragic ending!! I sure hope the mom wasn’t being neglectful – but I’m sure she probably won’t do it again!!

  • kevinisstupid

    Kevin got loose.

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