PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) - Michigan parents have their dog to thank for leaving a trail of paw prints that police used to track their toddler who went missing for several hours.

Van Buren County police returned 2-year-old Princeton Peake after he escaped his locked home in Paw Paw early Wednesday. Princeton's father, Domonic Peake, says he was panicked while searching the property surrounded by cornfields, woods and swamps. Peake only found his son's sippy cup.

Sheriff Daniel Abbott says the family's pit-boxer mix dog named Apollo may have saved Princeton's life by staying by his side. Police followed Apollo's tracks to find Princeton in a muddy, wooded area up to a mile away. The toddler was found without his diaper, covered in scratches and bug bites.

Abbott had dog food and treats for Apollo delivered to the Peake home Friday.

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