2-year-old safe after getting lost in jungle

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A 2-year-old was scratched and scared, but otherwise unhurt, after getting lost in a wooded area behind his preschool.

Sinchai Kaewsamphao, 59, found little Garfield Rachan crying at the edge of the jungle not far from Baan Khru Jurairat School on Thappraya Road Jan. 16. The area resident said he’d heard a child crying for about 20 minutes, but had assumed it was a neighbor until he went outside the see the boy standing there.

The youngster is back home and safe after a terrifying couple hours being lost in the jungle. The youngster is back home and safe after a terrifying couple hours being lost in the jungle.

A caretaker at Baan Khru Jurairat School said she had left the back door of the nursery school open, but assumed none of the children would venture out as it was overgrown behind the school. She had left the room to get milk and, when she returned, the boy was gone.

School staffers and the boy’s nanny searched the 100-rai jungle for an hour before the child found his way to Sinchai’s house. He had been scratched by thorns, but was otherwise uninjured. Authorities treated the scratch and returned the toddler to his parents.