Deputies were dispatched to the Deerwood Inn located 155 St. Augustine Rd. in Madison, near the I-10 interchange of South State Road 53 at about 2 a.m. Monday, responding to a report of a missing child.
The sheriff's office says 5-year-old Naomi Herring was last seen asleep in one of the motel rooms at approximately 12:30 a.m., along with another child in the care of an adult male.
At 1:40 a.m., MCSO says, the mother returned to the room and found the room door closed but unlocked. The remaining occupants were sleeping but Naomi was not inside, the sheriff's office says.
K-9 units and air support were part of the search teams Monday morning.
Naomi Herring stands about 3 feet tall and weighs about 35 pounds. She has brown eyes and shoulder-length brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black and yellow bumble-bee dress and blue shorts.