UPDATE: missing toddler in Bullitt County found SAFE
12 June, 2018, 07:07
A Kentucky toddler girl who disappeared for two days has been found, but she's no longer in her grandparents' home after authorities placed her into state custody, following a 32-hour frantic search last week.
Brown found Charlee Campbell, who will be celebrating her 3rd birthday next month, on his porch wearing her Frozen pajama top.
Officials said she was severely dehydrated and covered in ticks but the sheriff doesn't believe she was out in the woods the entire time she was missing.
He told WDRB: "I saw the dirt all over her, and she had leaves in her hair, and I opened the door, and I said, 'Are you Charlee?'".
"When my dog didn't come home, and my baby wasn't home, she was not going to leave that baby until she got here", Campbell said of the pit bull.
"And she handed me this bottle".
He said it was possible Charlee was in someone's home during the search.
On its Facebook page, the sheriff's office wrote: "Charlee's fantastic survival story continued tonight when she walked up on a porch on Roy Layne Road this evening". She didn't answer me.
"To see how my daughter and granddaughter are being painted by Sheriff Tinnell is not fair", she said.
"The homeowners realised who she was and contacted authorities".
Even though the toddler was found safe, Chesher says the nightmare isn't over yet.
Within an hour of the FBI's search of the grandparent's home, the little girl showed up at the neighbor's residence and the dog returned home. We're blessed she's healthy.
Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell gave an update on Charlee in a news conference Monday, and said she has not been allowed to return home after being released from a Louisville hospital, according to WDRB.
"(Charlee) has a normal life, and she has people that adore her", Chesher said.