Authorities are crediting the family dog with keeping a missing 2-year-old South Carolina boy safe and warm as he spent a night outside.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says Tyler Jacobson was found with the dog behind a house across the street from his home Saturday morning.
His mother reported Tyler missing Friday night after the boy left the room where the family was watching a movie and didn't return. Deputies used bloodhounds and a helicopter to search until after midnight but found nothing.
Matthews says the family's part-Labrador retriever apparently found the boy and kept watch over him as temperatures dipped into the 40s.
The woman who lives in the house where Tyler was found said she heard barking outside but ignored it until she heard crying, too.