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‘I got’ em!’: Deputy helps find 3 children lost deep in the forest

The kids, aged seven and younger, said that their parents had told them to stay put if they ever got lost

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

By Suzie Ziegler

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas — Three wayward children, aged two, six and seven, were found safe Friday after getting lost in the woods overnight.

Bodycam video from a Montgomery County deputy shows the sweet reunion.

“Hey kids, come to me! I got ‘em,” a deputy is heard saying. “Are we ready to get out of the woods? We’re gonna get something to eat.”

The deputy offers his jacket to a young boy and asks to hold his hand. Other first responders help lead the kids back to the road, where they rendezvous with the rest of the search party.

According to Click2Houston, the children got lost after they wandered off a trail in the Sam Houston National Forest. A local man familiar with the area heard that the kids were missing and set off to find them. The volunteer succeeded, finding the kids around 9:30 a.m. Friday. Hindered at first by poor cell service, the man eventually got through to 911. Dispatchers were then able to triangulate the man’s location and guide Sgt. Jason Smith to meet them, according to the report.

The children told Smith they sheltered under a fallen tree overnight and said their parents had told them to stay in one place if they ever got lost, according to Click2Houston.