Parents forget toddler at Lake Nokomis

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The boy wandered around Lake Nokomis for about an hour last night.
Two parents are fortunate to have their toddler back today after leaving the two-year-old boy at Lake Nokomis for an hour last night.

The parents called the Orono Police Department and reported the boy missing just before 7:30 p.m. Sunday. At first, the parents simply reported their son was missing.

Four police departments, including a Hennepin County Sheriff bloodhound unit, and the Mound Fire Department snapped into action and searched for the missing child. After a short time searching, the mother and father figured out they'd probably left their son at Lake Nokomis, where they'd been visiting a friend at Spring Park.

Around the same time, a call came in to report that a young boy had been found. Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok says the boy had been wandering around alone for "a while," perhaps up to an hour. The toddler was fine, Farniok says, and the couple was lucky.

In total, about 20 people might have been searching for the boy, including his parents. Police and firefighters will always respond that quickly, Farniok said, but he wishes people could be more careful.

Six weeks ago, a different Orono mother's confusion over her missing daughter led to an Amber Alert and a 70-person search team that combed the woods for five hours looking for the missing girl. Eventually, eight-year-old Jordan Arends was discovered with an acquaintance of the family; her mother had apparently forgotten she'd made arrangements for someone else to pick Jordan up from Bible School.

"We'll respond with all resources we have," Farniok said. "We're not happy that there are mistakes, but we're happy that the child is found safely and reunited."

In last night's missing child incident, the case will be referred to Child Protective Services for further review, according to Sgt. William Palmer of the Minneapolis Police Department.

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9 comments
Ron C.
Ron C.

Just an area school comment about the Nokomis Lake area.  From what I've experienced, I'd stay away from Hope Lutheran Pre-school off Cedar Ave.  They have a serious leadership issue at both the school & the church.  Your kids would be better off elsewhere.   

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Fabuladico
Fabuladico

I guess I'm a little confused.  They were visiting a friend in Spring Park?  That's a long way from Lake Nokomis.  Or is there another Lake Nokomis?  Ah yes, the thrill of going around the lake and gazing at the high weeds, er natural foilage, around the lake.  The sheer beauty of all those weeds must have clouded their minds.  But it could be worse.  When I was a kid my mom sent me to school and moved before I got home......

ColSanders
ColSanders

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Pinksock
Pinksock

I lost my keys a couple of times

Gspot
Gspot

Damn, I knew I put that kid somewhere???

Santorum
Santorum

Must not have paid much for the kid.

Bianca
Bianca

I'm not a parent, but I still feel the need to judge these parents. "They didn't realize the toddler was left at Lake Nokomis until another child told them the boy wasn't in the vehicle when they left." (Pioneer Press) ARE YOU KIDDING ME??

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