A DAILY routine turned into a nightmare for one Emerald family on Monday.
At 5pm the family reported their two-year-old son was missing around the Rifle Range Rd entrance to the botanic gardens.
Police conducted a search and located the boy who had been found by a group of adults and were looking after him.
Police returned the child home to where his mother, father, brother and sister had been frantically searching for him.
A police spokesman said it appeared the boy followed his mother when she went for her daily walk and got lost.
“The child is safe and well with his parents,” he said.
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