2-year-old boy escapes from nursery and wanders for three hours before he is finally found
Rheanne Bell claims her grandson Raffi had been gone for almost three hours before he was told. He was eventually found by a dog walker in a nearby park
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A toddler escaped from his crib and wandered for three hours before being found.
Rheanne Bell says authorities did not notify her that her two-year-old son Raffi was missing until he was found almost three hours later.
Raffi reportedly escaped through a hole in the garden of Woodlands Nursery and Preschool and crossed the road and walked half a mile to a park, where a dog walker informed police.
Speaking to Leicester Mercury, she said: “I got a phone call from the nursery school at 12:15 pm to say he had escaped. Luckily I was home as a date was over. been canceled.
“I was in pure panic mode. I couldn’t stop screaming. They hadn’t mentioned on the phone that he had been found, so I was in pieces the whole way.
“As I parked I saw the police cars and went straight into panic mode. I asked where my son was, but the police calmed me down and told me he had been. found. “
Officers at the scene brought Rheanne home and informed her that a dog walker noticed Raffi in Leicestershire Park shortly before 9.45am.
He was told that they “watched” Raffi for 30 minutes before realizing he was alone and contacted authorities.
A Leicestershire Police spokesperson said they were called to the scene at 10:15 a.m.
They said: “At 10:15 am on Tuesday October 26, police were called by a member of the public stating that they had found a little boy, alone, in a park in Earl Shilton.
“The boy was protected by the police and was found to have disappeared from a nearby nursery.
“Investigations were carried out by officers and the matter was referred to Ofsted”
Rheanne said that although Woodlands Nursery and Preschool apologized, she said she has not heard from them since with “no kind of explanation.”
She said: “I don’t think they understand the gravity of the situation. The police did not know where Raffi was from until they investigated.
“It was noon before they met Woodlands – it had been almost three hours since he had been gone and I had not been warned. The dog walker had to intervene as he was running back down the main road.
“I just feel like he narrowly escaped. That doesn’t stop thinking about it. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.
“Now we feel a lot more grateful and thankful that he’s doing well.”
The Mirror contacted Woodlands Nursery and Preschool for a response.