Salisbury train crash: live from the scene
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When Rheanne Bell, 28, was told by staff at the nursery in Earl Shilton, Leicestershire her two-year-old son Raffi had been missing, she “couldn’t stop screaming”.
Ms Bell said she had received a phone call from Woodlands Nursery & Pre School at 12.15pm telling her the toddler had escaped, leaving her “in pure panic mode”.
“They hadn’t mentioned on the phone that he had been found, so I was in bits the whole way there,” she recalled.
“I was just at home luckily as an appointment was cancelled.
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“As I pulled up, I saw the police cars and went straight into panic mode.
“I asked where my son was, but officers calmed me down and told me he had been found.”
Ms Bell said the pre-school has apologised but without an explanation, adding: “I don’t think they understand the severity of the situation.
“The police didn’t know where Raffi had come from till they made enquiries.
A dog walker found the two-year-old wandering on his own around 9.45am and informed the police, Leicestershire Live reported.
“The dog walker had to intervene because he was running back down the main road,” the mother said in despair.
The boy could have escaped through a hole in the nursery’s garden and then crossed the road and walked half a mile to Wood Street Park.
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Ms Bell condemned the nursery’s attitude, as “almost three hours” passed since the little boy had gone missing and she “hadn’t been told”.
“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.
“Now, we’re feeling much better grateful and thankful he’s ok.”
A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: “At 10.15am on Tuesday, 26 October police were called by a member of the public stating they had found a little boy, on his own, in a park in Earl Shilton.
“The boy was safeguarded by police and it was found that he was missing from a nearby nursery.
“Enquiries were carried out officers and the matter has been referred to OFSTED.”
Woodlands Nursery & Pre School has been contacted for comment.
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