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Toddler Struck, Killed After Escaping From Home At Night

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File photo of a police car with its lights on. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a police car with its lights on. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old boy somehow got out of his Key Largo house in the middle of the night and was struck and killed by a vehicle heading south in the Florida Keys.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office got a call from the boy’s parents early Tuesday. They said their son was missing and they had been searching for him for about 30 minutes after realizing he wasn’t inside the house.

Deputies, Florida Highway Patrol troopers and some border protection officers who were in the area joined in the search. About 20 minutes later, the child’s body was found in the median of U.S. 1.

A deputy stopped a car whose driver says he may have struck something at the 99 mile marker.

FHP and the sheriff’s office are investigating.

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