PITTSFIELD, IL (AP) – The mother of a 3-year-old girl who was found after wandering into a western Illinois cornfield says she “couldn’t help but think it had to be a nightmare.”
Crystal Stewart’s daughter Jayden Coffey was found Tuesday morning after wandering into the 140-acre cornfield outside Pittsfield. Stewart tells the Quincy Herald Whig her “world was turned upside down.”
Pike County Emergency Corps commander Mark Jeffers says there were more than 100 people searching.
Illinois State Police used a thermal imaging airplane and Adams County lent a drone helicopter. Searchers eventually found the girl _ about 20 minutes before a large storm started.
Jeffers says the found the little girl twice, but “she was on the move inside the cornfield.”
Jayden was taken to a nearby hospital as a precautionary measure.
Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig, http://www.whig.com