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Illinois toddler found after missing in field for hours

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MERCER COUNTY, Ill. (KWWL) -

A two-year-old boy in Illinois is safe with his parents, he was missing in a cornfield for about five hours Monday.

Authorities say the boy walked away from his play area and went into fields behind the house.

When word spread he was missing, volunteers started showing up.  Crews from area fire, police and sheriff's departments all came out to help.  A search plane was brought in and the Iowa National Guard sent a helicopter.

Finally a volunteer search group found the boy.

When found, the two-year old was covered in mud and started drinking water right away.  Authorities say he ended up about a half mile to three-quarters of a mile from where he wandered off.

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