CLINTON — Authorities in Clinton are expressing thanks and gratitude for a happy ending Tuesday morning after a 2-year-old child went missing from his home.
In a statement, Clinton police said the 2-year-old boy was reported missing at 6:15 a.m. after his mother woke up to discover her son was missing. The boy was found, safe, at 7:36 a.m.
He was taken to Warner Hospital and Health Services for evaluation and has been released to his family.
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"These are among the emotionally taxing responses known to emergency services," Police Chief Ben Lowers said. "The mass response and assistance from all agencies involved is appreciated beyond words and we couldn't have wished for a more positive outcome. We'd like to remind parents and custodians of young children that these situations can do and happen, that young children often do become exploratory and to make every effort toward security measures to contain curious children within homes to avoid what could potentially turn into an unthinkable tragedy."
When police were alerted, police and firefighters requested mutual aid and additional resources, established an initial perimeter and coordinated and started a methodical search, Lowers said.
Assisting the Clinton agencies were DeWitt County Sheriff's Office, DeWitt County CenCom, Clinton/DeWitt County EMA, DeWitt County Search & Rescue, Illinois State Police District 6, Illinois State Police Zone 5 Investigations, fire departments from Kenney, Maroa, Wapella, Waynesville and Weldon, and the American Red Cross.
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