She called the police, who took this picture.
That's how father Reggie Price found out, on the news.
"She was hurt," he said. "I was pissed. I was ready to hurt the dude."
Price and his wife are furious at their babysitter, the child's uncle, and Jonte McCalister is taking full blame.
He knew something was off when his nephew disappeared while he was using the bathroom. He asked the child's older sibling, who said the child left with their mother.
"Where I'm stupid is I didn't call the police," he said. "I didn't have my sister's number. I took my 4-year-old nephew's word for it."
McCalister says he circled the house, but 2-year-old Zion was nowhere to be found. He called his brother, but his phone was off because he works as a forklift driver.
When the father got the alert, it was already around 3 p.m. The family spent the afternoon talking to Child Protective Services, promising to find a better baby sitter.
Price said McCalisiter has been relieved of his duties, and his thoughts on parenting have also changed.
He's thankful the close call ended as just a spectacle on TV.
Child Protective Services spoke to the family for several hours Monday night. Price said he is hoping to get his son back Tuesday morning.
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