Little Jaylynn Thorpe wandered away from home and was lost in the woods for nearly 21 hours. Puppies Dipstick and Boosie kept an eye on Jaylynn --- and cuddled with him to keep warm. One question though -- where was the toddler's babysitter? Samantha Elliott, Jaylynn's 18-year-old cousin, tells momlogic she was responsible for watching Jaylynn the night he went missing. While Jaylynn was playing with toys and watching TV, Samantha was taking care of her 6-month-old. "I was in the bedroom breast feeding my baby and that's when Jaylynn got away," says Samantha.
Once Samantha realized Jalynn was nowhere to be found, she called Jaylynn's grandmother and guardian. "It was scary. This was the first time he [had] ever done this to me," says Samantha. Search teams combed the woods near Samantha's home as she prayed for the boy's safe return. "I stayed up all night praying to God," says Samantha. "All the people that helped look for him ... It was a blessing."
Samantha would have joined the search effort, but the sub-freezing temperatures prevented her from helping. "It was too cold to take my baby with me," she explains.
The search ended the following day when rescuers spotted Jaylynn with the protective puppies. "He was laying up against a big tree trunk so I'm sure the dogs is what kept him alive," says Joanne Elliott, Jaylynn's aunt.
Jaylynn was then taken to the hospital where he was treated for dehydration. Samantha says Jaylynn is now home and feeling "pretty good." As a new mom, Samantha admits she "panics a lot" when she's looking after more than one kid. So, she plans to enlist the help of another person next time she babysits.