Missing child found

By: Ruth Baker Email
By: Ruth Baker Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- A four-year-old Grayson County boy is home safe after running away for the third time in one week. Now law enforcement has some advice for parents to keep their kids safe.

Sheriff’s deputies say the four-year old's grandparents heard the door to their home on Tipps Road slam at 8 a.m. That's when they called to the child and started looking for him around the house, but deputies say no one called them until 10 o’clock.

“Don’t wait two hours to call us. This child was gone two hours before we got the call, so look around your house see if they’re in a closet or hiding under a bed playing. After 10 or 15 minutes, call 911 so we can get there," Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary said.

Authorities say the four-year old not only opened the door, he unlocked it, and this isn't the first time the child has run away from home.

Deputies say it's the third time it’s happened-- this week.

"The child has a longing to wander, as small children will do from time to time," Gary said.

Firefighters say last time the boy disappeared, he was found more than three miles from home, climbing a fence at a nearby ranch, which means the little boy crossed over busy Highway 901.

They say his mother fell asleep as the boy was playing in the back yard. Authorities arrested Elizabeth Tidwell on child neglect charges and possession of marijuana. She remains in the Grayson County Jail.

The boy has been staying with his grandparents, where he was when he wandered off again Thursday.

No charges were filed against them.

Sheriff Gary says he sent deputies to the area as soon as the call came in.

"I think this family has been very, very fortunate for him to be gone three times, including the time it wasn't reported, and I don’t want to let their luck run out."

Law enforcement found the boy around 11 a.m.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Tom Bean on Oct 10, 2007 at 07:55 PM
    Child Purchasing Services is right. Similar story didnt make it to news, in Tom Bean but the Grandma WAS arrested. It did nothing but tear apart a loving family. Child only got out once though and wasnt anywhere near 3 miles down the road. Just at the end of the road. Give a good spanking and give the chance to correct the situation I say. So someone please tell me where is the justice in this situation. CPS has done no good in this case.
  • by Brandy on Oct 2, 2007 at 01:42 PM
    What is child purchasing services going to do to help a wandering child?? Smack his butt and TALK to the child. Let him know whats going to happen to him. I agree about not letting it go for two hours, thats rediculous, but theres always extinuationg circumstances.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Sep 28, 2007 at 02:39 PM
    Oklahoma Mom, yes spanking does work and for every kid if you know how to do it and what to use on them, a little switch from the tree really works, I got it used on me and after that first time I listened
  • by That Girl Location: Bryan County on Sep 28, 2007 at 12:57 PM
    I agree that children that age tend to wonder off, but 3 times in one week and then not calling the police for 2 hours, give me a break. This child needs to be protected and if the grandparents can't do that then let someone who can have this child. Why not put the lock up high where he can not reach it or get a safety lock or something. But keep this kid safe. I too had a child who liked to wonder and I made sure that the doors had locks that he couldn't reach and when he was outside I made sure he couldn't the the gate open.
  • by angela Location: bonham on Sep 28, 2007 at 09:40 AM
    Kids @that age tend 2 wonder and curiousity gets them. I have gone thru it myself. I was a single mother carrying in groceries and my 3 yr old went out the back door, and crossed a major street and i was still carrying in groceries when a cop came thru my back door with my child. He did understand that it's very hard to be both parents and do everything and keep your eyes on your kids at all times. Kids do wonder off at that age and It doesn't make me a bad mom because mine wondered off. I just thank God the cops were there.My heart goes out to all single mothers.
  • by Mom Location: Oklahoma on Sep 28, 2007 at 07:19 AM
    My 3 year old is also an escape artist. He has got outside a couple of times. We keep the doors locked all the times. The difference is we notice right away, and all start looking for him. To the person who said that spanking him would solve the problem, well we have done that many times, but it doesn't really bother him. Spanking doesn't work on every kid.
  • by Mom Location: Sherman on Sep 28, 2007 at 06:34 AM
    Isn't this the same kid who's mom was arrested for smoking pot, or possession... Good lord. edited by Staff
  • by Mary Location: Sherman on Sep 28, 2007 at 05:46 AM
    Are you kidding me??? You can't tell me that not a one of you have ever lost track of your kid even if only for a minute. My now 13 year old was the best at locks. At that age there was no lock he couldn't get to or figure out in a matter of just a minute or 2. Kids will be kids and I know being a single parent at times it's hard to be with your child every waking minute. I for one liked going to the bathroom alone which is hard when you're the only one caring for a child who likes to wonder. Give his grandparents a break at least he's still with family and not in a foster home. CPS is involved and if they thought he wasn't safe where he is then he wouldn't be there.
  • by very concern Location: Celina on Sep 28, 2007 at 05:43 AM
    What is it going to take to correct this situation? Something must be done, and done quickly.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Sep 27, 2007 at 05:47 PM
    Child protective service LOL that is a joke, this little boy needs his little behind bust and he wouldn't run away like that again
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