My youngest let himself out at my family's summer house when he was 2. DH had left to go to the coffee shop and I forgot to latch the high latch after him. I was doing the dishes, then remembered that DS had taken off his diaper (we were potty training and let him go au natural in the summer), and couldn't remember if I'd put a new one on him.
When I went to look for him, he was just gone. I ran all over the house, shouting for him, and then looked out the back door at the ocean and my stomach lurched. I called 911 immediately. ODS kept looking inside and I ran down to the shore to look there.
As DH and the police showed up, here comes DS, trotting down the (small, private) road in nothing but a diaper and rain boots, happy as a clam. No idea where he had been. It had been about 10 minutes since I noticed him gone and I was steely-eyed fine until I saw him again and then I got absolutely hysterical with relief.....cop suggested a stiff whiskey...it was before 10AM!
If I didn't get a CPS call, you certainly won't!
LMAO. The same thing (almost) happened to us when DD was a tot. We were at my brother's, I was sleeping (it was like 5am) and she got out, in the winter, wearing a diaper and a neighbor came and knocked on the door holding her. This was also on a dirt road and my brother has a lakefront home. Yikes!
The nieghbor (a mother herself) didn't call anyone. But I sure am glad she was outside!