ohio toddler rescued

ohio toddler rescued

Just after 6 p.m. Sunday, a volunteer found missing Trumbull County toddler Rainn Peterson alive curled up in some tall grass off Peck Leach Route, just off SR 45 where the family lives, in North Bloomfield. The Trumbull County Sheriff said she was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Warren. When he put Rainn into the ambulance, she was “as fine as can be expected.” No more details are available yet. Stay with WKYC as we learn more from authorities.

Rainn wandered off Friday evening, according to reports.

The toddler was reported missing by her great-grandparents on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Rainn was last seen at 7759 State Route 45 in New Bloomfield wearing a purple long-sleeved shirt with snowflake sequins, gray pants, and multicolored pink and lime green shoes.

On Sunday morning the bulk of the search was centered around Norton Lane, which is a few hundred yards from the toddler’s great-grandparents home because search dogs picked up Peterson’s scent in that area.

By late Sunday afternoon, the search was expanded to the entire state of Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

Volunteers gathered at the Bristolville Fire Department.

Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere tells WKYC that Peterson and two other siblings, ages 3 and 4, were playing inside the house earlier Friday night. The siblings told Trumbull County Sheriff’s deputies that was the last time they saw Peterson.

“We’re looking everywhere. We’re not putting a limit on the search. We will keep searching until we find her,” Sheriff Altiere said.

Peterson has brown, shoulder-length hair, brown eyes, and is 3 feet tall.

Brandi Peterson, the mother of the missing 2-year-old spoke Saturday afternoon with NBC and told us that she was out with her boyfriend when her grandparents called and said that the toddler had gone missing.

“Around 7 o’clock yesterday I was at a tattoo shop with my boyfriend when I got a call that my daughter had gone missing,” said Brandi Peterson.

The grandparents had been watching the three children while the mother was moving into her new apartment.

Peterson was not wearing any shoes or a coat when she vanished from the grandparents’ home. Other reports say she was wearing shoes.

The mother tells us that the grandmother was cooking in the kitchen and the three children were downstairs with the grandfather. The missing toddler went upstairs and went missing a short time after.

Dozens of volunteers got their hands and feet dirty in the search.

“I got here at 5 o’clock this morning,” said volunteer Lorie Tingler, as she was trying to warm up with some hot chocolate after spending 13 hours volunteering.

“We were looking in holes, in a cornfield,” said Tingler. “We were looking in the woods. We were crawling under pine trees, through forest, we were wet.”

That hot chocolate came free because those who weren’t searching were helping those who were.

“I don’t even know how many hamburgers we have given out because it’s not about the money,” said volunteer Dolly Mansfield, as she was working from her food truck. “We don’t care about that. It’s just something to feed the people who are putting in so many hours into this to find the little girl.”

“I don’t know where she is but please help us find her because she’s two years old and has a whole life ahead of her,” said Brandi.

Sheriff’s deputies say the family has been “More than cooperative,” but they are doing lie detector tests for everyone in the immediate family in their attempt to rule out any kind of foul play.

Saturday’s empty search brought hundred out Sunday.

“Other people who are in the search team sent a text message that she was found alive and I just started crying and praising God,” said Tingler.

Exactly 48 hours since she was last seen, one of the volunteers find the two-year-old in a grassy field a half mile from her home.

“It was getting to the point, had we had to come out tomorrow (Sunday), it would’ve probably been a recovery and not a search and rescue,” said Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere.

“God had a plan, he knew where the little girl was but he wanted us to get on our knees and call out to him. God is amazing,” said family friend Cindy Klecha. “One of the sheriffs came up to me and said ‘Thank you for your prayer vigil because we were close to giving up the search until we saw you having your prayer vigil’.”

Sheriff’s say they’ve seen cases where a two-year-old has wandered this far, but are looking into every possibility.

“Right now we are not going to judge, we don’t care where she was and we don’t care who brought her back, if somebody brought her back,” said Klecha. “We are just glad and happy that she’s back. The police can sort out the details later.”

The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department has been aided by the FBI, Ashtabula County Sheriffs, Howland Township Police, Niles Police, K-9 units from Columbus and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation as well as volunteer.