Trumbull Children Services investigating case of toddler, found after 2-day search

NORTH BLOOMFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere said the investigation into 2-year-old Rainn Peterson’s disappearance will continue; and now that Rainn is recovering from dehydration and low body temperature at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren, investigators can take their time going through everything.

At the same time, Trumbull County Children Services Executive Director Tim Schaffner told WKBN the agency is working with law enforcement, as it does with any case involving children.

“We pretty much follow their lead during a crisis. At times, we may be asked to take temporary custody until close, safe family members are cleared by police in order to assume custody of the child,” he said.

Altiere told First News that FBI agents came to the hospital hoping to get information about what happened from Rainn, who was listed in good condition on Monday. They were also back on the scene — near Peck Leach Road where Rainn was found — to try to tie up some loose ends in the case.

Altiere said Rainn is too young to be of any help, and there is no indication of foul play at this time.

“She was wet, extremely tired,” he said. “She was missing one shoe that was found very close to where she was at, but for a little girl, if she was out there for 48 hours, she was in tremendous shape.”

On Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of people, including law enforcement from as far away as Quantico, Va., volunteers and other first responders spent the daylight hours combing through the area by land and sky — even scoping drains and checking septic and oil tanks looking for the little girl, who was eventually found to be a half mile from where she first disappeared.

Peterson’s great-grandparents reported to police that she was missing Friday night around 6:30 p.m. after she somehow got out of their house.

A volunteer searching for Rainn, Victor Sutton, found the girl around 6:30 p.m. Sunday and called 911 saying so.

Altiere said investigators are trying to determine if the girl was out in the field during the entirety of the search.

“We’re looking at that, we’re looking at all aspects of it. Like I said, we have a ton of work to do,” he said.

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