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Toddler Found After Spending Day Lost in Sam Houston National Forest

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Three-year-old Ezra Parrish, who went missing on Saturday in Sam Houston National Forest in New Waverly, Texas, was found safe after wandering through the wooded area alone for a whole day. “We were hoping for the best and expecting the worst,” Tim Miller, founder of Texas EquuSearch, said to Chron.com. “I’m speechless right now.”

Thanks to a search dog on the trail of Ezra’s scent and a relative calling his name, the toddler was discovered among a thicket of thorny shrubs. ABC 13 quotes the child’s cousin, Lalaine Dungca, as saying, “He was quiet, standing in a thorn bush holding a shoe. Then he got emotional when we got to him. It was very emotional for us too.” The little boy said he slept in the grass about 400 yards away from the family’s campsite that he walked away from while they were setting up.

The Parrishes were camping away from the main organized campsite in the National Forest with their three kids ages 11, 9, and 3. After they discovered their youngest son was missing, they called the authorities. A search group of 200 people set out looking for Ezra this weekend. Once the boy was found safe, he was treated for minor scrapes and driven on a four-wheeler back to his family with a grin from ear-to-ear.