Missing Toddler Found Safe

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by Allison Brown, Fox 8 Reporter

STARK COUNTY, Ohio -- A lost little boy prompted a search party in Stark County over the weekend.

Braylen Tomblin, 3, wandered away from his family home in Pike Township, Saturday afternoon, but thanks to some extra eyes in the sky he was spotted about a mile away by an OHP aircraft.

"It was like one minute, two minutes he was gone like that,” said Sarah Tomblin, the child’s mother.  “One minute he was jumping on the trampoline, and next second turn your head, look back and he's gone,” she said.

Around 1:30 p.m., Tomblin tells Fox 8 she was inside of her home making toast, and her fiancé was working on the car.  When they realized there was no sign of their loved one, or the family dog, they started to panic.

They began looking in the woods near the home, which are several acres of land. After about 25 minutes, they called 911.

At first Braylen was pretty close to home, he took a trail for about a quarter mile near his house, but that's when he really started getting lost.  The boy tells Fox 8 he crawled under a fence at the end of the trail, and kept walking.

“I crawled underneath of that,” said Braylen.

"It really took everything I had to keep my feet on the ground and not on the ground myself, I felt like a big part of my heart was ripped out, like something was missing, it was truly the most horrible thing I have ever felt," said Braylen’s mom.

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Ohio Highway Patrol, even friends and neighbors were on a mission to bring Braylen home. Luckily, an aerial view helped find him after about an hour of searching.

"The very first hours someone disappears are very important, just the fact that they get further away,” said Sgt. Jon DeWitt, of the Canton OHP.  "The ability to have the aircraft on scene so quickly increases the odds of locating anyone in any type of search," he said.

Braylen was spotted in a field watching some horses.  Thankfully he wasn’t hurt, just shaken up.

“When he got there, the trooper said hey are you ok, and he just kind of shook his head, and said I want to go home," said Sgt. DeWitt.

"I started bawling I was so happy, he said mommy why are crying, and I said because you left me I had no idea where you went, and he said, I'm sorry I made you cry mom," said Tomblin.

OHP tells Fox 8 no charges have been filed as a result of the incident.

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