Toddler found in bushes placed in protective custody

He was hospitalized for exposure and scratches

Portland Police found and rescued a missing 2-year-old boy on February 18, 2017. (KOIN)


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Mountain Wave Search and Rescue K9 found a 2-year-old boy Saturday after his mother reported him missing, police said.

The boy’s mother reported him missing around 6 a.m. when she said she woke up and realized he wasn’t in bed with her. She described him as a “very mobile” toddler.

Around 11:45 a.m., K9 Ava found the boy in a blackberry bush just 2 blocks from his home on NE 68th Avenue.

Mountain Wave Search and Rescue K9 Ava found a missing 2-year-old boy on February 18, 2017. (KOIN)
Mountain Wave Search and Rescue K9 Ava found a missing 2-year-old boy on February 18, 2017. (KOIN)

“She dragged me right in there,” Becky Irving with Mountain Wave said.

Irving said K9 Ava is trained to search for the freshest human scent she smells.

The boy was taken to the hospital to be treated for exposure and scratches from the bush he was found in.

He was placed into protective custody out of concern for his welfare and safety at the home, according to police.

A court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday to determine the next steps.

“This is just a really good reminder for parents out there, if you have little ones, get those child locks,” Sgt. Jeff Helfrich said. “Put those on there. Pay attention to your kids if they wander around because these things happen.”

He said the boy was very attached to the officer who pulled him out of the bushes.

“The officer took his coat off and gave it to the child and actually went with the child to the hospital,” Helfrich said. “The child didn’t want to let go of the officer.”

Portland Police found and rescued a missing 2-year-old boy on February 18, 2017. (KOIN)
Portland Police found and rescued a missing 2-year-old boy on February 18, 2017. (KOIN)

Joy Pearson, a spokesperson for Hoot-n-Annie children’s store in Hillsdale said this incident should serve as a reminder to parents to safeguard their homes.

“It’s just all about prevention,” Pearson said.

Light weight plastic protectors for cabinets and door latches can be purchased for as little as $2-$3. Baby gates can also help establish a line of defense in your home.

Baby monitors are also good ways for 24-7 peace of mind.