Fears grow for missing toddler

Last updated 15:54 11/04/2014
Chloe Campbell
MISSING: Chloe Campbell.

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The mother of a three-year-old Queensland girl feared kidnapped has made a tearful plea for her daughter to be returned.

A helicopter with infra-red cameras failed to find the girl overnight after she was reported missing from her Childers home, south of Bundaberg, on Thursday morning.

An extensive land and air search is continuing in Childers after the suspected abduction of toddler Chloe Campbell on Thursday.

The three-year-old was reported missing after disappearing from her Ridgeway Street home sometime before 7am.

Chloe Campbell’s parents fear she was specifically targeted and taken through an open window.

Her distraught mother Tammy told reporters she just wants her little girl back.

‘‘If anyone out there has any information please come forward. Can you please, just please bring her home,’’ she sobbed.

‘‘Or just drop her somewhere and ring up. She needs to be home with her family and her sisters.’’

Her father, Garth, is adamant that his daughter was taken by  someone who knew the family. ‘‘They knew she was sleeping in front of the TV,’’ he said.

Chloe was last seen wearing pyjamas, with bees and butterflies on a white top and hearts on yellow pants.

Police have confirmed a blue, soft toy dog and a grey blanket that belonged to Chloe are missing from the home, which is now a crime scene.

More than 40 State Emergency Services personnel are assisting police with the search, which has spread from Ridgeway Street to the nearby showgrounds and high school, and out into dams, paddocks and bushland.

Dozens of locals are also volunteering in the search, some even on horseback.

Infrared helicopter fails to locate toddler

Police have used an infrared-capable helicopter to search for the missing Queensland toddler.

Chloe, 3, was reported missing from her home in Ridgeway Street home in Childers, south of Bundaberg, on Thursday morning.

Overnight a helicopter with infra-red cameras was sent to Childers to aid the search and police say aerial and land searches will continue into this morning.

Garth Campbell says there is no way his youngest daughter could have left their family home alone.

When he awoke on Thursday morning, Chloe, who usually sleeps in the lounge, was missing.

A window was open and when he looked out, an adult-sized footprint was on the car.

Chloe's sleeping bag - patterned with wizards and dragons - was gone as well as her trusty companion, a stuffed toy dog named Gnarly.

''I don't think there's any possible way she's wandered off,'' Mr Campbell said.

''She wouldn't leave the yard by herself.''

The family usually shuts the windows of their Childers' home at dusk each night to keep out mosquitoes, but on Wednesday Campbell believes one of the latches must not have caught.

''That's why we are blaming ourselves,'' he said.

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Kevin Savage, who lives just four doors down from the Campbell family, was shocked.

"In this town it doesn't happen," Savage told the Bundaberg NewsMail.

He said the Campbells seemed like a normal family and he would often see Chloe and her sisters playing - but they never ventured far from home.

He said while he hoped nothing sinister had happened, he felt that it wasn't just a simple case of a young girl who had wandered off.

"Being three years old, she's not one to wander very far," Mr Savage said.

"This is all a bit spooky, really."

Chloe's two older sisters Janae, eight, and Britney, five, have their own room in the two-bedroom Childers house.

But on Wednesday all three girls slept in the lounge.

When Janae awoke to go to the toilet in the morning, Chloe wasn't in the lounge room, Campbell said.

Janae had thought Chloe had sneaked into her parent's room as she had been sick lately.

A distraught Campbell believes that someone who knew where Chloe slept took her.

''I think it's got to be someone who knows me, in how they got in, where she sleeps,'' Campbell said.

''They knew she was sleeping in front of the TV.''

Mr Campbell is asking for prayers and is clinging to hope that if Chloe's been abducted, she is being cared for.

''I hope someone that's taken her is looking after her,'' he said.

''Giving her brekky, lunch, I don't know, I don't know what to think.

''Maybe someone took her who can't have kids or something like that.''

Mother Tammy Campbell reported Chloe missing at 7am Thursday (local time).

A major land and air search is underway and will go into the night.

Police tape has been placed around the house and the nearby showground is being searched.

''We hold very serious concerns for the safety for the little girl, as we do for every missing person reported,'' Inspector Kevin Gutteridge said.

Childers, about a half hour drive southwest of Bundaberg, has a population of less than 1500.

- FFX Aus

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