Naked, muddy toddler found wandering alone in Oxford

Will Taylor
·News Reporter
·1 min read
The child was found in Oxford. (Google Maps)
The child was found in Oxford. (Google Maps)

A midwife who found a toddler wandering on his own, naked and covered in mud, in Oxford has described the “bizarre” moment.

Natalie Madeleine said she came across a big crowd on Sunday afternoon and went to check if it was a medical emergency.

Police have since said the child is safe and well.

Instead, she said she saw a “butt naked, barefoot” child and dressed him in her jumper before putting him in her car to wait for the police.

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Madeleine said she “saw the poor little boy and instantly checked whether he was hurt”.

“He did not seem physically hurt but had a lot of dirt on his face.

“It was very bizarre – he was wandering completely on his own and I just hope he is okay.”

She was unable to get him to respond when she asked for his name and address.

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She added: “I do not even know if he knew English as he did not speak a word. He seemed very disorientated.”

Police arrived about 15 minutes later and put the toddler in a van.

Thames Valley Police said it responded to reports that a child was seen alone in Cowley, Oxford.

“Officers attended the scene where the child was located with members of the public. The child is now safe and well,” a spokesperson said.

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