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Update: Missing toddler found dead

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 3:31pm

UPDATE: The Smith County Sheriff's Office tells Fox 51 that the missing child is dead. Details are limited at this time, we will continue to update this story as information is released.


Smith County officials are searching for a missing toddler in the Winona area.

The child is a two year old white boy, about three feet tall, wearing a striped onsie with khaki shorts and no shoes.

Officials tell us, the child is mentally disabled, and does not speak.

The boy went missing around 2:00pm on Tuesday from a private residence on FM 16, just off of Highway 271.

Smith County officials say that the child was reportedly playing hide and seek when he went missing, no word on whether the child was being supervised at that time. Two other children were also playing hide and seek, but are unharmed.

Crews are searching a wooded area. A helicopter search has also been initiated, along with several fire departments and at least twenty response vehicles.

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