Wandering toddler highlights need to childproof your home
9:51 PM, Jan 24, 2013
11:32 AM, Apr 9, 2013
LENEXA, Kan. - A toddler wandered away from home late Wednesday night while his mother was asleep, reminding parents of the importance of childproofing.
Three-year-old Zayden Henderson walked out of a Lenexa, Kan., apartment, setting off a frantic search in his neighborhood and throughout the metro. He was found safe Thursday morning.
Nancy Besa is a volunteer with Charlie's House, a nonprofit organization committed to keeping children safe in the home.
The organization is named after Charlie Horn, a 2-year-old Kansas City boy who was killed when he attempted to climb a 30 inch dresser in his home on November 1, 2007.
Besa says there are several products on the market that make it harder for a child to get outside. Some of those products include door knob covers, door alarms and specially-designed locks.
"This story is a gift to a lot of people out there who may have a tragedy in their future that they don't know about," Besa said. "On your way home from work, first thing in the morning, go out tonight, go buy these products."
While 3-year-old Zayden was eventually found unharmed, Lenexa police are still investigating to determine whether the mother should be arrested and charged.