Childrearing

Woman Calls CPS After Seeing Kid Playing Outside, Proving Stranger Danger Is Real But It’s Your Nosy Neighbor

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shutterstock_198956213__1410371140_142.196.167.223A mom was sorting her mail when she heard a knock at her front door. She opened it to see a neighbor standing there with her son. The neighbor saw her son outside, thought he was in danger because he was playing alone, and delivered him to the mom’s door step. What happens next will blow your mind.

“I whipped the door open, trying to figure out what was happening. The woman smiled. My son frowned. And as soon as the door opened he flew into the house, running as far away from the woman as he could.

“Is that your son?” she asked with a smile.

I nodded, still trying to figure out what was happening.

“He said this was his house. I brought him home.” She was wearing dark glasses. I couldn’t see her eyes, couldn’t gauge her expression.

“You brought…”

“Yes. He was all the way down there, with no adult.” She motioned to a park bench about 150 yards from my house. A bench that is visible from my front porch. A bench where he had been playing with my 8-year-old daughter, and where he decided to stay and play when she brought our dog home from the walk they’d gone on.”

So begins the story that Kari Anne Roy shared on her blog this week, Haiku Of The Day. It begins with a “concerned” neighbor delivering Roy’s six-year-old son to her door after seeing him playing outside unattended – and ends with Roy’s children being questioned by CPS.

A few minutes after the neighbor left Roy’s house, there was another knock – this time the police were at her door. The police officer asked Roy if she knew her son was playing alone outside. She asked why Roy thought it was okay for her son to play outside unsupervised. She took her ID and wrote down the names and ages of her children. Then she left without filing a report. Roy says,

“I tried to shake it off and go about the rest of the day, but I was so, so upset. Then, that night, my 6-year-old cried because he thought someone would call the police when he couldn’t fall asleep at his bedtime. We talked about how that would never happen, how this was an isolated incident, how much we love and care for each other in our family. We talked about how the neighbor thought she was doing a good thing and that it was an unfortunate misunderstanding and everything was all over now.”

Unfortunately, she was wrong.

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