A reporter who covered his disappearance found a missing baby in Italy

A missing toddler has been found alive in Italy after a reporter sent to cover his disappearance heard the child’s cries from the bottom of a ravine, the BBC reported Wednesday, June 23.

Nicola Tanturli, 21 months old, left in the middle of the night Monday from his home in Palazzuolo sul Senio near Florence. Journalists went to the scene to cover the search operation, including RAI state television and radio reporter Giuseppe Di Tommaso.

The journalist heard screams from the ravine by the roadside as he drove home. He stopped the police car, whereupon the carabinieri commander descended about 25 meters to investigate the bottom of the wooded slope.

“I heard screams and expected an animal to come out. But Nicola came out and said ‘mama.’ It was a great feeling,” Ciccarelli told a news conference.

According to local media, the toddler was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries. The boy’s health is not threatened.