An 18-month old boy goes missing for just over four hours from his home after he rain off into a cornfield from his backyard.
Authorities from both Minnehaha and McCook Counties were on the scene with crews from Sioux Falls, Colton and Humboldt. Malcolm Pulscher went missing around 10:30 a.m., Wednesday.
While mom Laura Jean Pulscher knows it could have been a lot worse, this can undoubtedly be a nightmare for any mom.
It was a happy reunion but thanks to the more than 40 crews who responded immediately to help bring him back.
One mom who helped search couldn't fathom going through this herself.
"After finally finding him, I 'd be thanking God. It's a wonderful community we live in, to have all these people come out and help," Shayna Weinacht said.
Crews responded with an airplane, horses, dogs and 4-wheelers. They say it became challenging with a heavy wooded search area.
But they got little Malcolm and while mom had few words, she was grateful.
"I really appreciate it. Four and a half hours could have been a lot longer. I know dehydration can be a bad thing for a kid this size," Laura Jean Pulscher said.
Despite a little dirt on the face, the hands and the feet, we were told Malcolm would be just fine, which is good news for searchers who have kids of their own.
"To have one of my own that age, I'm going to keep a much closer eye on her right now," Shayna Weinacht said. "I keep as close of an eye on my kids as I possibly can but sometimes you take your eye off them for just a minute and they can be gone. We all do the best we can to protect our kids, that's really all you can ask for."
During the 4-hour search, Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office considered Malcolm Pulscher endangered because of his young age.
Sunday, April 20 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-04-21 02:30:09 GMT
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