THE mother of a three-year-old English boy who walked home alone from a Middlesbrough playgroup has relived the terrifying moment she learnt her son had gone missing.
Gemma Trainor says the phone call to say her son Cain had been lost on his first day at the Little Owls playgroup was the “worst moment of my life”.
In the 40 agonising minutes he was missing, Cain somehow negotiated a tricky 2.4km route to find his way home.
But despite suffering every parent’s worst nightmare, Trainor says she still wanted him to attend Little Owls after being reassured by its response to the drama.
She said the horrifying phone call she received as she drove home on the afternoon of February 3 began “a few minutes of total panic”. She raced to the playgroup to find distraught staff in tears.
“The head teacher came running over, saying they didn’t know what had happened. Then within seconds, I got a phone call from my neighbour saying Cain had arrived home. I burst into tears with relief.”
Incredibly, the youngster had walked home alone, taking a route he barely knew, oblivious to the panic behind him.
– The Telegraph