Authorities identify missing 2-year-old boy who died hours after being found in AL

Published: Apr. 4, 2019 at 10:52 PM CDT
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MOODY, AL (WBRC) - Moody Police Chief Thomas Hunt says the 2-year-old boy who went missing Wednesday afternoon has died.

Authorities have identified the child as Manuel Padilla.

“Right now the family needs prayer, encouragement. To lose a child, oh goodness gracious,” said Pastor Ricky Willingham of The Lighthouse Church on The Hill.

Investigators say the 2-year-old went missing from a home in the Whites Chapel area. He wandered off into the woods. He was located several hours later in a creek after an intense air and ground search. Police tell us the boy was rushed to a local hospital where he later died, according to Police Chief Thomas Hunt. Police do not expect foul play.

“By losing a child like this, it’s rough on a family,” Willingham said.

Chief Hunt tells us it could take several days to investigate this case. The boy’s body is being sent for an autopsy.

Hunt says his thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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