El Dorado police officer goes above and beyond to keep toddler from escaping

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EL DORADO, Kan. — An El Dorado police officer went beyond the call of duty after a two-year old boy escaped from his home.

Lt. Travis Pierce took it upon himself to make sure that didn't happen again.

It's a scary situation for any parent to lose their child, even scarier if it's happened multiple times. Last Thursday El Dorado police received a call that a toddler had been seen running down Sixth Avenue.

"We responded and once we got there we saw that there was a couple that had stopped and they had taken the child into their vehicle," said Lt. Pierce

He said the mother arrived shortly after police got there. She was distraught this had happened again.

Police say the toddler had figured out the locks.

"We learned that this was the fourth time that law enforcement had been involved with this child running at large," Pierce said. "He had the doors knobs and the locks that were preexisting figured out. It only takes a few seconds to turn your back on a two year old and they could be down the street."

As a father, Lt. Pierce said he wanted to make sure this didn't happen again. He said putting the child into protective custody wasn't the solution. Instead, he went with the little boy's grandmother to Walmart to buy some locks.

"Better to be able to avoid those tragedies in this type of situation especially with the child running in one of the middle of our through streets," Pierce said.

But the didn't stop there.

"As she was checking out, I asked if they had the ability to install them and they said no we don't. So I ran by my house and got my drill and drill bits and went to the house and helped them install them on three exterior doors."

It's been four days since the incident. The good news the boy hasn't escaped since.

"I'm glad it had a happy ending."

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