A Metro East mother is facing child endangerment and aggravated battery charges after she was found with her son in a wooded area near a pond near Marissa, Illinois Monday.

Before the two were found, witnesses said Sarah Donley-Fortney, 29, and her 2-year-old son were last seen on a small boat on a pond near Doza School Road around 2:30 p.m. A city road worker spotted the woman going through a gate and onto private property. He said she then got out of her car and into a small boat with a child.

The worker said he saw the mother paddle across the small pond, get out and run onto an embankment before disappearing into the woods.

Donley-Fortney and her son were found close to the pond around 9 p.m.

The child was found tied up, wearing a diaper and shirt. He was wet and cold, but was otherwise uninjured. The mother had non-life threatening injuries that police were unsure how she got them.

Police considered the area where the two were found a crime scene.

Donley- Fortney and her son are from near Sparta, Illinois.

They're also using a drone with a heat sensor to try to spot the woman and child in this dark wooded area. https://t.co/ZebfKPSVhM— Alexis Zotos (@alexiszotos) November 7, 2016
Police say the missing woman in Marissa is local. They believe she has left this wooded area. They are still trying locate her and the child— Alexis Zotos (@alexiszotos) November 8, 2016
BREAKING: Mother and child located alive but are injured. This is being considered a crime scene. https://t.co/qV3PdhHFi1— Alexis Zotos (@alexiszotos) November 8, 2016

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