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Toddler, 3, wanders out of school
Leonie Terry (Pic: MEN)
Leonie was found by an estate agent
A mother has complained to her child's school after the toddler wandered out of the playground and was found wandering the streets 20 minutes later.

Three-year-old Leonie Terry, from Gorton, Manchester, walked out of Aspinal Primary School on Broadacre Road after refusing her school lunch.

She was spotted by an estate agent who chased her and contacted the school.

Leonie's mother, Michelle Ladkin, said she was not contacted by the school until Leonie had been returned there.

She said Leonie managed to walk for a quarter of a mile before she was found, and said she is keeping her daughter off school until she feels confident suitable security measures are in place.

The school head teacher Neil Flint said: "The child's absence was noticed immediately by a teacher who ensured that the child was safely returned to school.

"The teacher was assisted in this by a member of the local community.

"Obviously, a detailed investigation is under way."

Michelle Ladkin describes her horror at her daughter's experience

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