‘Tough’ toddler found alive after 2 days in woods

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Associated Press Writer

ARCADIA, Mo. — Thirsty, dirty and tired after spending two days and nights barely clothed in the wet, chilly woods of Mark Twain National Forest, 3-year-old Joshua Childers was ready to go home.

The boy was lying on the ground of a hollow near a creek bottom Wednesday afternoon when a volunteer searcher spied his bare bottom.

“Hey, bud!” called out Donnie Halpin, a 57-year-old construction worker from nearby Fredericktown, who wasn’t sure whether the grimy figure was even alive.

But Joshua sat right up and grinned at his rescuer.

“You ready to go home?” Halpin asked. Read full story at LINK – Atlanta Journal Constitution


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