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

Nina Lipscomb, 82, has early stage Alzheimer’s and wandered off from a home in Senoia last Monday evening.
Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 7:08 PM EDT
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SENOIA, Ga. (CBS46) - A toddler in Coweta County is being credited for helping find an elderly woman who had been missing for four days.

Last Friday started out like any other for Brittany Moore and her 1 ½-year-old son, Ethan. The two were playing with bubbles in their backyard off Al Roberts Road in Senoia. The bubbles drifted toward the family’s fence line. Ethan and the dogs chased them, like they normally did, but something in the woods caught Ethan’s eye.

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

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

“If you get on his 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 needed to go into fight or flight because I had my little boy out here and the other inside.”

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

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

“We pulled out every resource we thought we needed but it was a little boy and she’s very fond of children,” said Karen Lipscomb, Nina’s daughter.

Karen said her mom told her she left the house to go look for her deceased sister.

“Her sister lived here in this house, but she passed away in March but growing up they lived on Glacier Road which is just around the corner,” she explained.

Monday afternoon, Nina met Ethan shortly after being released from the hospital. Her family said the toddler likely saved her life.

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

The families said they are forever connected all because a little boy wanted to play outside - with his bubbles.

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

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