ELKRIDGE, Md. (WUSA) — A 2-year-old boy who was missing for nearly 10 hours is now safe and recovering, after he went missing Wednesday night, according to his family.
A postal worker said he found him on the side of a busy road Thursday morning, wet, shivering and barefoot.
“It was God-ordained that I be in that place at that time,” said Keith Rollins, the USPS employee who found the toddler. “Remarkable man, remarkable.”
Rollins said he got out of his car and cautiously approached what ended up being the missing toddler.
“(He was) there shivering, cold,” Rollins said. “He only had a pair of sweatpants and sweatshirt, no shoes or socks, so I walked up to him. I said, ‘Hey buddy. How you doing? What’s your name? Are you OK?’ He looked at me, but I didn’t get a response from him.”
Police later told Rollins that Ethan is believed to be on the spectrum and is currently non-verbal. They said he has yet to be diagnosed because of his age, but the toddler would clap in response to his name.
Rollins is a father of two, and grandfather to a 4-year-old girl, so he knew he had to do something.
“Once I didn’t get a response from him, I decided to just scoop him up, and I took him to my vehicle,” Rollins said. “I had a sweater that I tried to cover him up with, and turned up the heat and I called the police back and said that I had the little boy in my vehicle, and within a matter of minutes, the police were there.”
Police took Ethan to the hospital to treat him for hypothermia, according to the family. Ethan’s uncle said he is back at home as of Thursday night and doing well.