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Sanford toddler wanders away from family home

Posted March 30, 2011

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— Two-year-old Jayden Ayers is a typical toddler – all smiles and very active, according to family friends.

On Wednesday, Jayden gave his family and local law enforcement a scare when he went missing from his family’s Sanford home.

Lou Ann Goodwin, a family friend, said Jayden and his mother took their usual morning nap, but when his mother woke up the front door was open and the toddler was gone.

Jayden’s mom called 911, and authorities quickly began searching the area. There was some fear that Jayden had fallen into a nearby pond.

Jayden Ayers Sanford toddler wanders away from family home

More than four hours later, Jayden’s aunt found him in a field near the home.

“He was happy, happy to see everybody, wanted to know why everybody was here,” Goodwin said. “He was in a diaper and a T-shirt. No shoes. He’d been following the dog.”

Jayden was fine except for some scratches and chapping from the cold weather.

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  • babsd24 Apr 1, 2011

    I also taught him to always lock the door when you come in the house which he still does today in his own home. You can never be to careful!

  • babsd24 Apr 1, 2011

    I was afraid my son might open the door and get out when I wasn't looking when he was small (he is now 26) I put an extra lock on both front and back door that he could not reach. These stayed locked at all times unless we were outside.

  • michaelclay Apr 1, 2011

    pizno82, as you said you are not a parent, you do not know how easy it is to turn your back for a second and your child is gone. You say that this never happened to you as a child and I say that your parents never told you all the things that happened to you when you were a child. There is no way anyone can watch a child 24 7. I just thank God that he is ok.

  • LibertarianTechie Mar 31, 2011

    Its amazing how much trouble a two year old child and the right kind of dog can get into. It seems they can read each other's minds.

  • tomgirl528 Mar 31, 2011

    My father told me this morning that my little brother was lost, but then found. I almost cried in school at the time. I was soo worried. I wouldnt be able to bear what my mother must have been through, having the thought that her first son could be just dead at the bottom of the pond near the house.. I dont live with my mother but i wish i was there to comfort her. I love you mom.

  • NC Reader Mar 31, 2011

    I have been a very watchful, very protective parent -- some would say overly so at times. However, unless you go to extreme measures (always keeping your child in front of your eyes, even when you go to the bathroom, load the dishwasher, etc.) and never ever sleep (an impossibility), there will be a time when even the most protected child will do something unexpected and potentially dangerous. As long as you take every reasonable measure there is to protect your child, and extend those measures in response to a child who does something potentially dangerous, you are not negligent.

    Until we know any differently, we should not assume that this mother was negligent.

  • uncfan89 Mar 31, 2011

    pizno82 gald you are so perfect. totally agree with kittiboo and christinathefern, you live and learn why would she think he could open the door if he has never done it before. That poor mama suffered enough yesterday, I am sure those 4 hours, took 10 years off her life. Thankful that the little fellow is safe.

  • delilahk2000 Mar 31, 2011

    I JUST LOVE THESE KNOW IT ALLS ON HERE, ESPECIALLY THE ONES WITH NO KIDS. YOU SIT THERE AND JUDGE AND SAY YOUR PARENTS NEVER PUT YOU IN THAT POSITION, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU DID AS A CHILD....KIDS ARE SMART AND CAN WALK AWAY IN A SPLIT SEC.....YOU GET A LIFE AND STOP THE ROCKING CHAIR JUDGING......

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Mar 31, 2011

    zile -- You're exactly right. When I was 3, my older sister (who was 6) used to help me unlock to the front door and I'd go over to the neighbors house to play really early in the morning. Needless to say I almost gave my mom a few heart attacks, but she always knew where I went until her and my dad changed the locks on their door too. :) This was definitely not the mom's fault. Kids are always getting into/doing things they aren't supposed to at that age.

  • kbo80 Mar 31, 2011

    I'm so glad that they found him alive. I have a little one and I am so blessed that when I fall asleep on him while he is watching Cars a million times that he sit on his couch until I wake up or he wants something.

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