Moment tragic father reunited with missing toddler son
Irish toddler Torben O'Shea, who went missing in a forest, miraculously survived a car crash last year in which three of his siblings were killed
An Irish toddler who survived a crash in which his three siblings were killed last year, sparked a major police hunt in Denmark yesterday, when he went missing in a forest for seven hours.
Torben O’Shea (18 months) wandered off on an outing with parents, Maria and Brian O’Shea on Saturday evening. Last July 16, the O’Shea’s three children – Soren (11), Saoirse (9) and Connor (3) – were killed when a speeding driver ploughed into their car near Mrs O’Shea’s family home near Sindal, north Denmark.
Her husband, Brian, who is from Dalkey, told Independent.ie of their relief when the child was found alive and uninjured in a beech wood at 5am.
“It was terrifying. The police scrambled a dog team and two helicopters with infra red cameras to find him. We had friends over from Ireland and were out in the countryside at around 9.30pm when Torben got separated from us.”
While Maria was with their friends, Brian out walking on his own, and both parents believed the child was the other.
“I left the others and went up on a nearby ridge,” Brian explained adding: “Maria thought I had taken Torben, but he must have come looking for me.”
The parents began a frantic search and then phoned the police. The dog team was called in along with two helicopters. They scoured the area looking for the toddler, who was wearing only a T-shirt and dungarees.
After a seven-hour search, Brian discovered his frightened son curled up beside a path in a wood. He was recovering at his grandfather’s home today and is physically unscathed after his ordeal.
“We are just so glad to have him back,” said a relieved Brian.
It is almost a year to the day since Torben last cheated death.
He and Maria miraculously survived a horror crash while on holidays from Australia.
Lasse Burholt, the speeding Danish driver who smashed into their Berlingo, was subsequently found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
He was fined €1,340.