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Missing two-year-old in cornfield found safe

August 21, 2012
The Journal

NICOLLET COUNTY - Seven agencies assisted in a Sunday evening search for a missing two-year-old in a cornfield northeast of Nicollet County Road 21, near the Beussman Bridge.

The Nicollet County Sheriff's Department received a call at 6:20 p.m. Sunday about a missing two-year-old boy who ran into a cornfield at a rural New Ulm residence.

Deputies arrived and met with the boy's mother, Elizabeth Lillak, of Albertville, who said she and the boy were visiting family and taking photos when he ran into a large cornfield near the residence, according to a Nicollet County Sheriff's Office news release.

The boy was located, about an hour later by family on an all-terrain vehicle near the edge of the cornfield, according to the news release.

"He just had a few scratches," said Nicollet County Deputy Jon Hughes.

Lillak expressed appreciation for rescue efforts on Monday evening in an email to The Journal.

"It was a devastating incident, and I am forever thankful that everything turned out the way it did. Again there are not enough 'Thank Yous' in the world for all of the people that came together to help. Hug your babies close, you never know," she wrote.

Agencies assisting in the search were the Nicollet County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Enforcement Division, New Ulm Police and Brown County Sheriff's Office as well as New Ulm, Lafayette and Courtland Fire departments.



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