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UPDATE: Mother Arrest After Child Wanders Off Again

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UPDATE: The mother of a 3-year-old boy who wandered away from his home is now facing charges. The Sheriff's Office tells News 3 the child wandered away from his house in Foxbow Farms again today.  We're expecting more information later today, including her identity and charges.

 



 

A frightening situation for one Effingham family this morning, as their 3 year old son wanders away from home.

It all started about 10:30 this morning on bluff drive, that's in the Foxbow Farms subdivision of Eden, Georgia.

That's when little Calvin Peterson went missing.

Several law enforcement agencies and neighborhood volunteers went on an all out search for the little boy.

After about 3 hours Calvin was found in a briar patch a few hundred yards from home but OK.

"He got pretty far," explained David Ehsanipoor of the Effingham County Sheriff's Department. "Got further than we thought. However we started our search, expanded our search from the get go because you don't know how far a child got or if someone took her. Fortunately if appears he just wandered off, followed the dogs, ended up in the briar patch, probably got some scrapes from that."

Searchers gave credit to the "eyes in the sky" from  Savannah-Chatham metro police and the Georgia State Patrol for helping them find Calvin.

"We had Georgia State Patrol aviation as well as Savannah-Chatham aviation out there," explained Effingham County Sheriff's Spokesperson David Ehsanipoor. "They were able to guide us through the woods. They were able to guide everyone's personnel to where the child was and where the person located them. Fortunately they guided us out of the woods too."

Sheriff's also gave credit to social media for getting the word out quickly.

"I credit social media as being number one here. We were able to get on twitter and facebook and put it out there, and by us putting it out there, you guys, the media and the public get that information in just a minute. Whether there is a missing child or Alzheimer's patient or wanted person, social media plays a huge role in the quick response by the public," said Ehsanipoor. "By the media and we were able to put photos out as quickly as we could and we believe that's one of the things that led to us finding this child as quick as we did."

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UPDATE: Officials say Calvin Peterson has been found safe in a 'briar patch' about 100 feet from his home.

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office says they are searching for a reported missing child.

Calvin Peterson, 3, was last seen in the Foxbow Farms area off Bluff Drive. He has blonde hair, and blue eyes. Two dogs are also reported missing from the home. At this point, officials tell WSAV.com this is not considered a crime scene.

A Metro Police helicopter has been called to help search for the child. The child was last seen wearing Spider-Man pants and a white shirt, officials say.

Officials on the scene tell WSAV.com that Peterson has been missing since 8:30 this morning.

 

 

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