Family dog guards missing toddler

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 4:23pm

A missing 2-year-old South Carolina boy was found Saturday morning after Kershaw County deputies say the family dog kept him warm and safe all night.

Sheriff Jim Matthews said 22-month-old Tyler Jacobson was reunited with his family after he was found across the street behind a neighbor's home when someone reported hearing crying in the area.

Tyler was reported missing around 8:00pm Friday.

Matthews said the boy's mother, 25-year-old Jacklyn Marie Jacobson and her boyfriend Jose Gloria told investigators Tyler went to get some juice and didn't come back.

Kershaw County deputies used a bloodhound tracking team and a helicopter with infrared capabilities, but called the search off around 12:30am Saturday.

The search resumed around 7:45am and the boy was found shortly thereafter.

"Just thinking that a dog would watch a baby over the night, it's kind of like a movie instead of real life," said Emily DuBose, who lives in the house outside which the baby was found.

DuBose had no idea a story of devotion and survival was playing out right outside her door.

"When we saw the choppers last night, we just assumed a criminal was loose, so I locked the door," said Linda Harr, who also lives at the house. "The last thing I was gonna do is go outside."

"I heard some barking early in the morning, but I didn't really think about it, I just heard dogs barking," said DuBose.

During the night Jacobson's dog was keeping watch over his 22-month-old master in temperatures that got down to the 40s.

"I just wish I'd have known, I could have warmed him up, called the cops," said Harr.

Sheriff Matthews said the family was interviewed Friday night and again on Saturday.

He said the boy's biological father is in the Army and stationed in Hawaii, and is currently on his way back to Kershaw County.

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