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Missing Forsyth County 2-year-old found alive in pool
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A missing 2-year-old boy was found alive and unharmed floating in a southwest Forsyth pool after escaping his home Sunday, July 15, 2018. (Photo courtesy Forsyth County Sheriff's Office)

In what local authorities are describing as a miraculous turn of events, a missing 2-year-old boy was found alive and unharmed floating in a southwest Forsyth pool after escaping his home Sunday night.

According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the boy was reported missing at 8:05 p.m. Sunday after he crawled out of his high chair and left the house.

Less than an hour after a full search of the surrounding area was mounted by the sheriff’s office, a local resident that heard a sheriff’s office alert about the missing child found the boy floating in the pool of a vacant home 100 yards down Campground Road in southwest Forsyth, Rainwater said.

Rainwater said that they could not confirm how the child made it to the pool, or how he was floating in the pool, but added that the situation could have easily been fatal under different circumstances.

During the hour-long search, the sheriff’s office mobilized a full regiment of deputies and a number of local emergency responders, Rainwater said.

“It was imperative that we would find the child before dark,” he said. “But it’s not hard for us to get our deputies to come in from home, especially when you tell them you are looking for a two-and-a-half-year-old child. People come out of the woodwork for that.”

The child’s mother, Danielle Cherie Wright, 25, of Norcross, was arrested at the scene and charged with cruelty to children and reckless conduct. Rainwater said that they believe that Wright was “impaired” during the incident and that her alleged impairment “played a part in the child’s escape.”

After the incident, Wright was taken to the Forsyth County Jail. As of press time she remained there under a bond of $11,735.