St. Louis Public Radio News
7:21 am
Mon May 11, 2009

Boy lost in woods for two days goes home

Madison Co., MO – The 3-year-old boy who wandered away from his parent's house in Madison County, Missouri last week and spent 52 hours in the woods has been released from the hospital.

Doctors at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center who treated Joshua Childers said the boy is not expected to experience any long-term health consequences from the moderate hypothermia, bug bites, and bruises he suffered.

The family's Great Pyrenees dog may have helped the 35-pound boy survive two nights of rain and 40-degree temperatures, said Dr. Steven Crawford. The 125-pound dog disappeared around the same time Joshua wandered away, and reappeared shortly after he was found.