Parents horrified after toddler escapes through garden gate onto road

Kristine Tarbert
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

This is the shocking moment a three-year-old wriggles through the bars of a garden gate and onto the road after his dad turned his back for two minutes.

The parents of escape artist Austin Gilbert have been left terrified after seeing how easily the toddler escaped

Austin had been playing under his dad Sam’s watchful eye when he popped to the bathroom, believing his son was safe.

But in that time Austin ran to the gate and slipped through a tiny gap on his hands and knees, before running free around their cul-de-sac.

Three-year-old Austin Gilbert escaping through the family’s garden gate. Photo: Caters News

His mum Hannah, 32, was upstairs when she heard the garden gate rattling.

After frantically searching the house for the crafty toddler, she was horrified to discover him outside on the other side of their locked gate.

“I ran around the side of the house and he was there on the other side of the locked gate. I ran inside to check the front door and that was locked,” the mum from Bristol, UK, said.

“We knew he was quite the escape artist and advanced for his age, he was walking at six months old and riding a balance bike at nine months.

“But how far can you prepare as a parent for that?

“One thing I’ve learnt is that if a dog could fit through it, Austin can fit through it.”

Mum Hannah was horrified when she saw her son on the street. Photo: Caters News

Once he was safely back in the garden a now horrified Hannah asked her son to show her how he’d got out and couldn’t believe her eyes as Austin wriggled his way through the gap.

She decided to film his escape attempt, the hilarious footage showing how the excited toddler gets through the bars and then takes off down the street.

“I had no idea he was breaking through the gate when I heard it knocking,” she explained.

“My husband had gone to the toilet which is at the back of the house so he hadn’t heard me shouting.

“By this point I screamed after Austin and I just heard a little voice say, ‘I’m here, mummy’.

“He was running around the cul-de-sac and knocking on our neighbours’ doors.

“Every instinct in me wanted to shout at him but I just said, ‘that’s really smart Austin, can you show mummy and daddy how you did it?’”

His parents were forced to buy a new gate. Photo: Caters News

The couple were forced to cancel their plans to go and buy a new gate without any gaps.

“We are really lucky we don’t live on a main road. Happily, we know all our neighbours and they have been keeping an eye on him.

“I felt so awful as a parent when he managed to get out. I thought ‘I’m going to have to record this because no one will ever believe me’.

With additional reporting by Caters News.

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