LEONARDTOWN, Md. - A four-year-old child briefly went missing from a Hollywood, Md. daycare facility yesterday. The child was located by an off-duty St. Mary's County Sheriff's Deputy who lives in the area and followed his intuition about where the child may have wandered.
On Tuesday, July 17 at approximately 11:29 a.m., Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to the call for a missing child. The four-year-old female was part of a daycare class that was outside for recreation time. Staff realized that the child was missing and contacted 911.
Deputies responded with Maryland State Police from Leonardtown Barrack "T" and conducted a second search of the building and began a ground search of the surrounding area.
Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Bay District Volunteer Fire Department, Leonardtown Fire Department and Trooper 7 of the Maryland State Police responded to assist in the search. Bloodhounds from Calvert County were requested. However, they were canceled prior to their arrival.
An off-duty St. Mary's County Deputy, who lives in the area, was returning home from court and heard the missing child call. Deputy William Rishel began to search his property and adjoining properties in area that he believed the child may go. She was locating playing near a small stream in a sand pile. She was returned to the facility, unharmed.