HARRISON TWP., Ohio (WDTN) - The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the toddler missing since Friday afternoon has been found safe and is being checked at a local hospital. But, we're told he is okay.
Deputies say the boy's mother, Jade Smith, 24, created an elaborate hoax. They say she told Kevin Hunter, 3, to hide in the bushes at his grandmother's house and not come out. That's what deputies say he did. Kevin stayed there for six hours.
The mother called for help around 3:00 pm Friday claiming her son disappeared from inside her car that was parked at a glass service store on Payne Avenue.
Investigators say the mother told them she took her car to the Glass Masters on Payne Avenue to get repairs made to her car's windshield after it was broken during a domestic disturbance the night before.
She says she left the sleeping toddler in the car with a one year old baby. When she returned, she said Kevin was gone. The one year old was still there and is fine.
Deputies believed the boy was taken from the car, but that is not how the story played out. The mother was slapped into handcuffs around 9:00 pm and was taken to jail on charges of child endangering.
2 NEWS is working the story as it develops. Our Jackie Sprague spoke with the boy's grandmother. You'll hear from her tonight on 2 NEWS at 10 on Dayton's CW and 2 NEWS at 11.
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