Published November 20, 2014
A South Carolina toddler has been reunited with his family after being lost for more than a day in woods near his home and spending a rainy night outdoors as temperatures dropped into the low 40s.
The 21-month-old boy, Jason Burton, was examined by doctors at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and described as being in good condition for his night alone in the elements.
About 200 people searched for the boy from the time he disappeared from his home early Friday afternoon.
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said a deputy and a state natural resources officer kayaking on the Tyger River about two miles upstream from the boy's home spotted Jason sleeping on a log beneath an embankment. He was flown by helicopter to a command post where officers and his parents were waiting.
The boy's family told deputies that Jason must have walked out the front door while his mother was in the bathroom.