Coweta Co. child finds missing elderly woman while playing with bubbles

SENOIA, Ga. (CBS46) — A Coweta County toddler is credited with helping locate an elderly woman who has been missing for four days.

Last Friday started like any other for Brittany Moore and her one-and-a-half-year-old son, Ethan. The two were playing with bubbles in their backyard near Al Roberts Road in Senoia. The bubbles drifted towards the family fence line. Ethan and the dogs chased after them, as they normally did, but something in the woods caught Ethan’s attention.

“I went over there and I was like, ‘What do you see mate? and he pointed and said, ‘Feet,'” Moore recalled. “‘Okay, mate, can you repeat that. What did you say?’ And he said, ‘Feet’.

Moore said she didn’t see anything from her vantage point — just overgrown trees. The mother-of-two then crouched down to her son’s level and watched where he was pointing. Moore noticed a pair of feet.

“If you get down to her level and look through you can see some of the broken sticks and that’s where she was laying,” she said. “I didn’t know if I should fight or flee because I had my little boy here and the other one inside.”

Moore said she panicked before calling for help. When first responders arrived, they realized it was Nina Lipscomb, 82, who had been missing since Monday night, according to her family.

Authorities and community members had been actively searching for Lipscomb since his disappearance. Investigators even used thermal technology to search for Lipscomb, who had early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. She was alive but disoriented when Ethan spotted her less than a quarter mile from where she was last seen.

“We pulled out all the resources we thought we needed, but she was a little boy and she loves kids,” said Karen Lipscomb, Nina’s daughter.

Karen said her mother told her she had left the house to pick up her dead sister.

“His sister used to live here in this house, but she died in March, but growing up they lived on Glacier Road, which is just around the corner,” she explained.

On Monday afternoon, Nina met Ethan shortly after he was released from the hospital. His family said the toddler likely saved his life.

“Thank you for your Christian walk,” Karen told Moore, as she presented Ethan with a bag of toy bubbles. “I recognized it right away. The story of the bubbles is so pure and innocent and yet effective.

The families said they were forever linked because a little boy wanted to play outside – with his bubbles.

“I really think it was something outside of what any human could do,” Moore said. “It took a child who was worked by God. We will always teach him what he did, how he played a part in it.

The Lipscomb family offered to give the Moore family money, but they refused. Nina will be 83 on Friday.


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