Man who found missing 3-year-old girl in DeKalb County shares story

The 3-year-old girl was taken to DeKalb County Regional Medical Center to be checked out.

Posted: Nov 3, 2017 6:31 PM

WAAY 31 spoke to the man who helped find a 3-year-old girl who was lost for nearly 12 hours in DeKalb County.

The girl was found about 500 yards from her home in a wooded area right off County Road 957.

Eric Gilbreath posted this photo to Facebook when he found 3 year old Serenity Sanders.

However, the hours leading up to that reunion were much different.

"Your heart just falls on the floor," Eric Gilbreath said.

Gilbreath's son is Serenity's half brother.

When he learned she went missing from her home around 8 o'clock on Thursday night, he made a 2 hour trip to Collinsville from his home in Cullman to help search for her.

"Her mother was gone for two seconds. As soon as her mother turned her back the dog took off and the baby took off," he said.

Around 7 o'clock Friday morning Gilbreath spotted that dog.

"The dog caught my eye and I was thinking she was somewhere close.I walked around that tree and she was like 'Hey Eric' and I'm like 'hey baby how are you,'" he said.

Gilbreath said Serenity had cuts and was hungry, but she was talkative.

The 3-year-old girl was taken to DeKalb County Regional Medical Center to be checked out.

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