The mother of a three-year-old boy who spent three days in the woods north of Kingston, Ont. is praising the “unrelenting dedication’ of OPP search teams, adding her son “miraculously defied all odds.”

Katherine Leyton issued a statement on Twitter Thursday, one day after Jude Leyton was found by a member of the OPP Emergency Response Team searching the woods in South Frontenac.

“We can’t begin to express how we feel to have our incredible, resilient son Jude back safe in our arms. Our entire extended family is beyond elated after what was undoubtedly the worst experience of our lives,” said Katherine Leyton.

“Jude was returned to us due to the unrelenting dedication and perseverance of the OPP’s Search and Rescue Ground, Air, and Underwater teams and tireless effort of community volunteer searchers, firefighters and paramedics.”