(FREETOWN) - Jackson County Sheriff's Department is investigating a report of a child found in a ditch during the weekend.
According to Sheriff Mike Carothers, a 3-year-old child was reported missing in the Freetown area Saturday afternoon but was found by its parents shortly before Patrolman Dustin Steward and Patrolman Jessie Hutchinson responded to the call, which was reported at 1:49 p.m. Saturday, according to dispatch records.
Indiana Child Protective Services is investigating the incident, Carothers says, but the child was returned to their family Saturday.
"The child had been outside playing with some other children and wandered off," Carothers says. "The child was found playing in a nearby ditch."
The child required no medical attention.
Carothers says the child was lucky, likening it to a situation this summer where two young children ran off from a game of hide and seek with other children and hid inside a car with its windows rolled up on a hot day.
"No one was hurt in either incident, but things could have turned out much worse," Carothers says.
"Parents need to have a close eye on their children. It only takes minutes for them to wander off and find themselves in a life-threatening situation," he added. "In this incident the child was found safe, but either one of these incidents could have turned out real bad."
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