It’s every parent’s worse nightmare: discovering your child has gone missing from your very own home, the one place that’s supposed to keep them the safest.
But some toddlers can be so sneaky with their escape missions that their parents don’t even have a reason to worry that they’re not safely tucked up in bed, asleep, or quietly watching TV.
One St Louis man knows all too well what this feels like, after his son went missing from home earlier this month.
Little Kh’amorion Taylor escaped from under his parents’ watchful eye one morning, wearing his pajamas and with no shoes on.
Being a typical toddler, his escape mission didn’t have a clear direction. He wandered the streets while his parents unknowingly continued with whatever they were doing at home.
Nobody even knew that Kh’amorion was missing, with the exception of one clever guard dog.
The large, black pit bull had ended up on the streets just like Kh’amorion had: nobody quite knew how he’d come to be there, but there he was, walking about like he’d been there his whole life.
When the pittie had seen young Kh’amorion, he must have sensed that the little boy was vulnerable. He took to following the child like a shadow while he toddled along on his neighborhood exploration mission.
Still, Kh’amorion’s parents had not realized that their child had broken out of their home.
But eventually, the little boy and his protective pittie began to attract attention. A crowd of neighbors huddled around Kh’amorion, trying to decide what to do in his best interests.
A female neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, was walking her dogs when she spotted Kh’amorion at 8 a.m, surrounded by the worried neighbors. She explained to FOX2 St Louis that she didn’t think the boy lived on the streets, but that he had escaped from home, adding:
“He looked well taken care of, he was very neat, very clean; he just didn’t have the shoes on.”
The kindly neighbor made it her mission to reunite the toddler with his parents, whoever they were.
She began a tour of her neighborhood, with Kh’amorion in tow, trying to find anyone who might know the boy. But luck wasn’t on her side. She recalled:
“I knocked on the doors up and down the street. Knocked on the doors, no answers; no one who did answer, they didn’t recognize the child.”
Finally, when the neighbor was close to giving in, Kh’amorion’s father discovered a picture of his own son – who he assumed was in bed at home – circulating social media.
He jumped straight to action, horrified that Kh’amorion had been wandering the streets since early morning.
The kindly neighbor who had rescued the little boy said that she was just happy to see him reunited with his father. She explained the importance of building a sense of unity in her neighborhood, saying:
“It is important that we stick together, that we help each other, that we go back to the things that our grandparents and their community used to do.”
As for the pit bull who had acted as Kh’amarion’s guard, the little boy had taken quite a shine to him, and had apparently kept saying “puppy” when the pair had been rescued side-by-side.
If nobody comes forward to claim the pittie as their own, he’ll be taken in as a police dog.
That must be the highest honor! You can watch a video explaining Kh’amarion’s escape and rescue in more detail just below.
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