Search crew finds 1-year-old boy by river - FOX Carolina 21

Search crew finds 1-year-old boy by river

Posted: Updated: Dec 20, 2011 06:52 AM
Jason Burton is home safe and healthy with his family after he went missing for 24 hours. (Dec. 19, 2011/FOX Carolina) Jason Burton is home safe and healthy with his family after he went missing for 24 hours. (Dec. 19, 2011/FOX Carolina)
ENOREE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Jason Burton is like any other active 1-year-old. He moved around while his mother, Brittany Burton, held him in her arms.

"Don't put it in your mouth," she told him as he grabbed a FOX Carolina's crew microphone.

She said she's thankful to have him back home after he went missing for 25 hours Friday.

"Thank you dear Lord, that's the only thing you can say in a situation like that," she said.

The Burton house and the wooded area surrounding it in Enoree became the site of a command post and ground zero in the search for little Jason.

"The dear Lord just had his arms wrapped around him," Burton said.

She said Jason slipped out of the house while she was in the bathroom. Investigators believe he followed his dogs two miles into a wooded area and onto the banks of the Tyger River.

"It was just unbelievable," she said.

Sgt. David Fox with the Department of Natural Resources grabbed two kayaks, and he and deputy Jamie Tate with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office hit the river and found little Jason lying on a log.

"When I first saw him, he was just laying on a log like he was sleeping, and I just hollered at him and he moved around," Fox said.

"He was cold and he was a little bit purple, so we needed to get him out quick," he said.

Tate said he grabbed the little boy.

"I got to him, he put his arms up , I got him, he squeezed me, that felt good. I don't know, I don't know what could top that feeling," Tate said.

The thick wooded area is overgrown with brush and rugged terrain.

"We gave him some water and wrapped him up in our sweatshirts and we got him down here, he enjoyed the kayak ride," he said.

Both men said it's the best case they've ever helped solve.

"It's one of the most rewarding things I've ever been through. I just thank God we got to him when we did," both Fox and Tate said.

Jason Burton has scratches on his legs but doesn't have any broken bones.

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