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Durham toddler found safe in nearby home after Amber Alert

Posted November 12, 2012 4:13 p.m. EST
Updated November 13, 2012 6:33 a.m. EST

— A missing Durham toddler who was the subject of an Amber Alert Monday has been found safe after a nearly seven-hour search, police said.

An Amber Alert was issued for 2-year-old Kameron Jakise Hembry shortly before 7 p.m. It was canceled around 9 p.m. when volunteer searchers going door to door found the child inside a nearby home. There were adults inside that home, but no other details were released about what happened to the child or why he was there.

"They had the child through that door," said Bishop Arnold Harris, a neighbor who helped with the search. "The officers told us to stay back right here because they didn't want to startle him. We didn't know the child was in the house. We were just knocking on houses."

"This was a miracle. It was just a blessing," Harris said.

He added that he believes the adults in the house knew Kameron was missing.

"You know they had to know. We had TV and all this stuff," Harris said. "There's no way in the world you couldn't know."

The boy appeared to be okay, but was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Kameron was last seen in the 2500 block of South Roxboro Street, just a few buildings down from where he was eventually found, around 2:15 p.m. His mother, Wakise Graham, said she and her son were visiting friends on the street.

She said she was talking to her friend near the car as they got ready to leave, looked down and discovered the boy was gone.

Because Kameron doesn't live in the area, police said he might have been confused by his surroundings.

Police Chief Jose Lopez said earlier Monday that he was committing as many officers as possible to the search. All-terrain vehicles were used to search some nearby woods, and tracking dogs and lights were brought in to help the search continue into the night, he said.

Residents within a 2-mile radius were called so they could be on the lookout for Kameron. Many people who live in the area volunteered to assist with the search.