Two-year-old Cross Co. boy rescued after falling into 10' hole

WYNNE, AR (KAIT) - A day of play turned into a frightening situation for a two-year-old Cross County boy.

According to Sheriff J.R. Smith, around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday two children were playing outside a home on Sunset Drive in Wynne when the boy fell into a narrow hole in a neighbor's yard.

The hole was approximately 10 feet deep and was only large enough in diameter for a slender person to fit into, the sheriff said.

"I was raking the leaves really close to where the children were and his sister called, 'Gagi, Henry fell into the hole!' I ran over there immediately and I didn't see him at first," the boy's grandma, Tricia Morarty, said. "Just so happens, the mail man was right there. He had a little flashlight and we were looking down there and we saw him. He wasn't hysterically crying, but he was crying a little bit. There was nothing that was falling in on him and there wasn't anything in the bottom of the hole either. Just my little Henry."

Cross County sheriff's deputies, along with the Wynne Police Department, Arkansas State Police and Wynne Fire Department were called to the scene.

Upon observing the hole's dimensions, a decision was made to attach a rope to Deputy Josh Orman and lower him head first into the hole, Smith said.

"After a few unsuccessful attempts to rope the child from the ground, the decision was made to have me go in head first and try to bring him back out," Orman said.

"He said, 'I'm small enough to go down!' So they put the rope around him and just lowered him down and he grabbed him," Morarty said.

Wynne firefighters then pulled Orman and the child to the surface.

The child was uninjured, according to medical personnel at the scene.

Morarty said his eyes were just red and puffy from dirt falling into them.

After officials returned the child to his family, Wynne Street Department Director Jerry Brewster sent a load of dirt to the home.  A member of the street department and ASP Trooper Robert Meyer then filled the hole.

Sheriff Smith commends Deputy Orman for his part in rescuing the boy.  He also thanks everyone who responded to the scene.

Deputy Orman said he has never done anything like this before, and does not really like the attention.

"I'm glad I could be there and get to be a part of that. It's not something I wanna do every day, but it's something I did do that day," Orman said.

It turns out Henry does not like the attention either.

"I don't think he wants to talk about it or anybody to talk that much about it, but he's fine," Morarty said.

"Just glad that it turned out the way that it did because so many times, it don't end that way," Orman said.

"We're just proud that God was with us and he sent the right person to come and get him out of that hole," Morarty said.

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