Tanya and Matthew Todd have just returned from the Philippines where they visited a local park.
Their son, Jake, was playing in the sand with his friend and they were delighted when they saw a toddler.
They thought the little boy had been there for a while, but when they tried to play with him again, he turned white.
They rushed to the park to take pictures and get Jake back to the group of friends.
The toddler was crying and not moving when they returned, but it was too late.
Tanya, Matthew and Jake had been trapped for two hours and were only rescued when the boy’s mother called them at 7:00pm on Thursday.
Toni and Matthew are from the south-west of Australia and have two young children aged six and five.
Their youngest child, Jake Todd, is four.
The couple’s two young sons, Ethan and Jaden, are also four and three years old.
Tani’s partner and children-in-law are staying at their home in the Sydney suburb of Gosford, and have been trying to get the word out about the situation.
“We’re really desperate to get word out to the world, but we’ve got nowhere to go,” Tani said.
“Jake was playing with his friends, so we think he’s probably been there a long time.”
He’s still alive.
We’ve got no idea where he’s been or how long he’s gone.
We’re really worried about him.
“They said Jake was wearing a t-shirt that read ‘I’m a toddler’.
A Google Search for ‘I Am a toddler’ turns up an article about the toddler, which says: “I Am A Child, My name is Jake Todd.
My dad is a doctor and I am the baby’s daddy.
I am an Australian citizen.
“The article continues: “Jake Todd is a toddler and he is a child who needs to be protected from the world.
“The story of Jake Todd has been shared on Facebook more than 1,600 times, and is receiving support from the local child protection organisation.
Tarija said she thought the article was misleading because the child was not “really” a toddler but an infant, and the article’s description of Jake was not accurate. “
It’s just not right, it’s not good for children to be told something like that, it really upsets me, because that’s what kids need,” she said.
Tarija said she thought the article was misleading because the child was not “really” a toddler but an infant, and the article’s description of Jake was not accurate.
“If they really were talking about a toddler, I would have said ‘I am a toddler’, but they’re talking about an infant,” she added.
Jake’s mother, Toni Todd, said they were “really concerned” about Jake’s welfare and she wanted to know how to reach out to media outlets about the case.
“Jake is not a baby, he is an Australian. “
I don [want] to put him in that box. “
Jake is not a baby, he is an Australian.
I don [want] to put him in that box.
He’s a really important child, he’s got special needs.”
The family said they wanted to have Jake returned to his family, and they would consider sending him to live with a relative.
Totias partner said they would also consider going back to Australia to see their son again.
“He has got to be here, we’re going to take him home,” she laughed.
“The way we’re living is a bit different, but at the end of the day we’re not leaving Australia.”
Jake has always been there, he has always cared for the family and I’m hoping that he can stay with his mum.