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Toddler missing from Mildura found

Posted by: 3AW Radio | 7 November, 2012 - 7:08 AM
Missing toddler Dante Berry shortly after he was found. (Photo: Supplied)

The family of the toddler who went missing for over 13 hours has thanked emergency services for locating their son and said they were happy to see their German Shepherd remained by his side.

The two-year-old who went missing from the carport of their Mildura home at around 8:30pm yesterday, and was located by emergency services this morning.

"We would like to express our thanks to the police, SES, CFA, members of the community and everyone involved in the search for Dante," the Berry family said in a statement.

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"We are extremely relieved that he has been located safe and appears to be happy.

"We were happy, but not surprised, to learn that his faithful dog, Dasher, stayed by his side and was also found safe and well."

Dante Berry and his German Shepherd Dasher, were found at around 10:00am near a gliding club in Whitecliffs Avenue.

Dante was taken to hospital shorty after he was found. Both are said to be in good health.

Police believed the child and the dog had wandered off from the property, with the toddler having a history of disappearing. The boy and dog are said to be inseparable.

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  • Yes Jessica, kids wander off all the time...when their parents can't be bothered to watch them properly. Wandering off once is one thing, but Dante had done it before and wandered up to 1 km before neighbours brought him home. If you really think that's acceptable, please do not EVER have or look after children.

    Tay Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 1:55 PM
  • Kids wander off all the time. I know I did as a kid and even if you take an eye off them for a second they can get into all sorts of trouble. I know this family personally, they're beautiful people and Dante's a pretty sneaky devil, he jumps up on chairs and unlocks doors and all sorts. So please make sure you know a family and their situation before you tell them to 'pull their heads from their arses'. Thanks.

    Jessica Monday 12 November, 2012 - 6:11 PM
  • I have two young children, so I know that they tend to wander. That's why I watch them closely and take necessary precautions to kep them from leaving the house unattended. Other articles state that Dante regularly wandered up to 1 km from home, but neighbours always returned him. Mum needs to pull her head out of her arse and start parenting that poor wee boy. I hope a social worker met them at hospital and is investigating the family.

    Jb Friday 9 November, 2012 - 2:31 AM
  • everyone needs to lay off they know they mucked up i have 3 kids ranging from 1to 5 and my 5 year old went missing and hw was in his room playing cars and was left for 5 seconds so i could go to the loo by the time i had finished he had climbed out the window and dissapaired so a child can go missing from any where not just the front yard but alsoin the house so everyone needs to lay off them i bet yous are not purfict

    warren bearman Thursday 8 November, 2012 - 11:54 PM
  • maybe there is more going on than people know, dont judge this young mum unfairly

    another mother Thursday 8 November, 2012 - 8:57 PM
  • The pet dog did a better job than the mother !!!

    Brendon Thursday 8 November, 2012 - 8:51 AM

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