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atozca Nov 13, 6:36 p.m.
some of you have obviously never raised children...there but by the grace of God go I.
4Strikes Nov 13, 3:41 p.m.
Even if a strange kid wanders into your house and you think nothing of it, wouldn't you start thinking that maybe you should check around when you start seeing police cruisers and search parties congregating in the street?
shelllauren Nov 13, 3:09 p.m.
jackflash123-so NOT something that happens to "a huge percentage of wonderful, responsible parents at some point or another" or there would be an amber alert issued every second of every day...
If the woman didn't know where the baby was INSIDE her own house for a couple minutes, I would be more sympathetic but she was OUTSIDE by a car "talking to a friend" whatever the heck that means...
I am grateful the baby was found safe but what happens when she talks to a friend next time outside?
pedsRN Nov 13, 2:26 p.m.
Glad the little boy was found safe, but story is weird. Adults with the child should have notified authorities of finding a little boy. This wasn't a stray dog or cat that they found.
eyeoneastsky Nov 13, 2:16 p.m.
Whoever had the child inside the apt intended on keeping the child. We know this because they did not bother to call the police immediately. They had to have found him wandering around and saw some sort of opportunity for something. God only knows the reason why they wanted that child. This should be a warning to all parents. There are people who will snatch your child. Remember John Walsh and his little son Adam who was kidnapped and later found beheaded. I cannot thank God enough for protecting this little one and getting him back to his family.
jackflash123 Nov 13, 2:10 p.m.
I found a 2-year-old walking around outside my house many years ago. I never brought him inside. I talked to him and just stood there with him for a little while, looking around to see if a parent was nearby. When I didn't see anyone, I took him with me and started knocking on doors. I found his family before they even knew he was missing, and they were pretty freaked out and relieved.
Maybe they mistook the kid for a neighbor's kid who often wandered in... and maybe he hadn't been there long... but there aren't many explanations for why they didn't check around.
jackflash123 Nov 13, 2:04 p.m.
"Talking with a friend near the car. This means that were near the street. This young child was lucky. The mother apparently isn't very responsible."
That's not a very responsible comment. This is something that happens to a huge percentage of wonderful, responsible parents at some point or another. The appropriate response is just to be grateful for a happy ending, rather than to act as if the parent is a bad person as some sort of security blanket against its happening to you.
lizzz38 Nov 13, 1:59 p.m.
Scubagirl, don't make fun of my typo! And I wasn't the only one who heard on TV this morning that the apt. the little boy was found in was unoccupied. I doubt that he opened the door on his own anyway. I'm waiting to hear more details myself. It just doesn't add up.
wenfromwake Nov 13, 1:59 p.m.
Something smells very fishy about this story. Doesn't add up. CPS will probably need to check this mother out. Poor little boy. And why on earth would this other family hold the child for so long w/o walking around the n'borhood themselves to see who the child belonged to. Strange.
lizzz38 Nov 13, 1:56 p.m.
I wasn't the only one who saw on the news that the apt. was unoccupied. But I do know that everything you hear isn't 100% accurate. Earlier reports may have said that it was an unoccupied apt. I didn't hear that someone handed the boy out the door. It does seem odd that the police didn't want neighbors near that apt. because they might "startle" the boy. It sounds more like they didn't want the neighbors to disturb a potential crime scene. And I feel like the mom was not just walking to her car when her son disappeared. I think she was somewhere else and told the police what would seem more innocent and blameless. I'm glad the little boy wasn't out wandering the streets!
Scubagirl Nov 13, 1:42 p.m.
sorry JAT, I don't buy your argument......I don't care WHO you are, or WHERE you live, IF helicopters are overhead for as long as they were you WOULD at least look out the window.
Scubagirl Nov 13, 1:40 p.m.
"The story I heard on another channel this morning was that the boy was found in an ABANDONED apt.; there were no people there wondering where he came from! AND the mother was taken in to the police station for "questioning". I wondered if perhaps she wasn't just walking out to her car when he wandered off... We haven't seen any comments from the people whose home her was in because there were no people, just a scared little 2 year old!
Ah lizzz38.....smh.....the story you heard this morning was incorrect and why would the people 'whose home her was in' even WANT to comment on this story?
Will be glad to hear more details on this story whenever we are allowed to hear them.
charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 13, 1:36 p.m.
How does a 2 year old get out of sight of his parents?
Because the mother was not really paying attention to him. When you have young children, you as parents need to keep your eye on them every second making sure they are safe, etc. They do depend on you. Some parents children really cannot depend on. Sad isn't it?
charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 13, 1:32 p.m.
If the mother was involved in any way of this child disappearing, then she should absolutely be charged. When I saw her on TV, I never saw the tears, just her acting.
dirkdiggler Nov 13, 1:21 p.m.
it wasn't an abandoned apartment where they found the kid. from another news source: "Searchers say when they knocked on the rear door, someone inside the apartment handed the child to one of the police officers who was with the volunteer group."
SingleLensReflex.SLR Nov 13, 1:19 p.m.
there was a reason those unnamed adults took the child into that apartment. It wasn't personal against the mother if she was in an unfamiliar neighborhood. They took him to the ER for examination to see what charges may be filed, and not against the mother.
charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 13, 1:08 p.m.
Strange story indeed! Time lost and money spent looking for this child. I am glad the child was found safe and alive. But don't understand why the mother was not doing her duty of looking after him. The adults in the house had to know about this child missing. May we get some answers soon. The mother may have been a part of it.
lizzz38 Nov 13, 12:21 p.m.
The story I heard on another channel this morning was that the boy was found in an ABANDONED apt.; there were no people there wondering where he came from! AND the mother was taken in to the police station for "questioning". I wondered if perhaps she wasn't just walking out to her car when he wandered off... We haven't seen any comments from the people whose home her was in because there were no people, just a scared little 2 year old!
storchheim Nov 13, 11:42 a.m.
highcountry: did the police say why you shouldn't have taken the little boy inside? Just curious. I've had that happen to me every so often too and my first impulse is to get the child inside and the door locked before doing anything else.
storchheim Nov 13, 11:38 a.m.
If the "finders" didn't want the po-po inside their house, they still could have called the cops and met them outside with the boy, or asked their neighbors to do it, or something. There's a way to do the right thing even if you're not squeaky clean.
unknowndreams05 Nov 13, 11:24 a.m.
This just doesn't add up for me, but then again we don't know all the info on the investigation. However, with amber alerts going on, phone calls within a 2 mile radius (I got one), helicopters, and police everywhere...you would think these people would realize something was going on. The child is from out of town, doubt they knew the mother or child and why wouldn't they call the police after 7 hours. Perhaps they got scared. Either way, glad he is safe.
ims1924 Nov 13, 11:20 a.m.
Talking with a friend near the car. This means that were near the street. This young child was lucky. The mother apparently isn't very responsible.
romneycare Nov 13, 11:19 a.m.
JAT, can you explain why the child was missing for 7 hours?? We don't even have to assume the child was with them for the whole 7 hours... hypothetically lets just say the child was with them for 45 minutes... they didn't call the cops??? uhhh whose child is this?? uhh why are they in the house?? uhhh call the cops?? go outside? come on now, i can't even think of an excuse to NOT report that there is a child in your house that you don't know whose it is
JAT Nov 13, 11:11 a.m.
scubagirl - so they had a TV. The Amber Alert didn't sound till late evening. I doubt they watched the noon news. Maybe they were playing video games. And while you and I might go out and look at the helicopters, depending on the n'hood, they might not go out. Maybe they just weren't nosey. Maybe they all sleeping. What goes on in one n'hood and gets alot of attention may get none in another.
shelllauren Nov 13, 11:08 a.m.
allinfantsareatheists-it's a shame that you have been so jaded by your own cerebral bitterness. The most loudly barking religious people I know are atheists.
TomLynda Nov 13, 11:04 a.m.
Agree with that. For those people to know the child was missing, yet kept him in the house and not contact the police. Something is mighty strange here.
But, glad the child was found alive and safe.
monami Nov 13, 10:55 a.m.
She went for a several-minute rendezvous with a "friend" who she met at her car. Hmmm. And the baby just walks away without being noticed and is kept for hours without officials being notified? Something stinks here.
timetochange Nov 13, 10:53 a.m.
how many of you reading this would take in a 2 year old child you didn't know and not call the police for 7 hours. Something is going on here, the Bishop stated the police told him not to go in the house because they didn't want him startled. Does that mean they knew the boy was in the house?? Questions abound.
christinebbd Nov 13, 10:47 a.m.
This is a happy ending! I'm thankful he's back with his mom!
I'm appalled to learn several adults knew where he was the whole time! Arrests certainly need to follow. I can't imagine the pain his mom went through.
NiceNSmooth Nov 13, 10:45 a.m.
People, People gosh sooo many of you can be soooo mean!!!
When the boy was found he was taken to the hospital for an exam (on news this AM) Now do you get why the residents in the home did not report the boy to police!!!
JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 13, 10:32 a.m.
Human A: "Where's my child?"
Human B: "He's next door."
Human A: "It's a miracle!"
With such low standards for miracles, it's no wonder that so many people believe in them.
kimisufu Nov 13, 10:30 a.m.
Waiting for a reward to be announced, perhaps?
Canes Girl Forever Nov 13, 10:28 a.m.
I'd like some more information on this story!
kimisufu Nov 13, 10:20 a.m.
The people in the house were probably waiting for a reward announcement before calling police.
baldchip Nov 13, 10:09 a.m.
This story has some weird tangles in it. I think a police dept investigation is warrented.
Finding him right up the block-under their nose so to speak is bizarre!! Strange!! And furthermore, the story does not add up!!
Unfair Moderators Stink Nov 13, 10:01 a.m.
Why wouldn't the residents of the home the child was found have called authorities the VERY MINUTE they found him? Assuming the "found" him and didn't "take" him. Why would he be missing for 7 hours and those people not have called police or child protective services? They've definitely got some explaining to do. Glad the little guy was found safe.
highcountry Nov 13, 10:00 a.m.
What in the world were those people thinking ? The only thing that makes sense is that they must have known him or his family and figured it was better for him to come in and play then be wandering around outside. I once had a little boy around 3 years old show up on my back porch crying. No parents anywhere and I didn't even know who he was. The police told me NOT to take the child in my home and to wait on the porch with him. If those people didn't know that little boy they should have called the police. Were there other kids in the house? Maybe they thought he was one of their friends? Either way, thank God he was found safe.
Scubagirl Nov 13, 9:59 a.m.
"i can totally see that he wondered up to these people and they took him in and then got scared to call the cops. alot of people don't watch TV or have a landline phone that they could have received the police call on. JAT"
perhaps that COULD be true, but in this case IT IS NOT!!! They HAD a tv and unless all in the house were deaf there is no way they could not have heard the helicopters. Wouldn't you go outside if helicopters were over your house for HOURS????? More to this story.
writetanisha Nov 13, 9:52 a.m.
Wow this sounds so crazy wow...why wouldnt they call to report this...this is so weird!
chattycat Nov 13, 9:52 a.m.
There is a whole lot more to this story!
dlentz2 Nov 13, 9:49 a.m.
@notyou.....did you read the story. The child was not from that neighborhood. He didn't know his way around.
shelllauren Nov 13, 9:43 a.m.
As bad as I feel for the mom, I agree with JohnnyVoodoo and what mom is so engrossed with "talking" that she doesn't notice her little toddler, supposedly precious to her is missing?
wmb95013 Nov 13, 9:36 a.m.
the news media only gives out what details it can and/or wants too. much more to this story. "film at 11:00!"
gingerlynn Nov 13, 9:29 a.m.
I was driving through there at 6pm. There were helicopters, police cars with sweeping flashlights every ten feet, LOTs of foot patrol and ATVs. They had to know. And if they didn't why do you keep a 2 year old in your apartment without going outside to see if a parent is looking for him? If they had opened the door or looked out the window they would have known. I have seen a child separated from a parent (like at the grocery store or walmart) before and I always make sure the parent shows up before leaving. GEEZ.
notyou Nov 13, 9:29 a.m.
OR... maybe these people are used to this child being left to wander around. Maybe he regularly shows up at their house and they thought nothing of it. This neighborhood is not exactly somewhere that everyone has a tv and they are no stranger to police activity outside.
JAT Nov 13, 9:28 a.m.
i can totally see that he wondered up to these people and they took him in and then got scared to call the cops. alot of people don't watch TV or have a landline phone that they could have received the police call on.
the ultimate responsibilty lies with the mom who should have kept her hands on the kid.
larterl Nov 13, 9:19 a.m.
why did someone have this 2 year old in their home, and why didn't they call police to notify them? Something isn't quite right here. I'm glad the boy appears to be OK and has been reunited with his mother; she must have been sick with worry.
PracticalMagick Nov 13, 9:12 a.m.
As bizarre a scheme as JohnnyVoodoo just laid out, it's sad that he's probably not far from the mark. The world is just a scary place, anymore.
romneycare Nov 13, 9:11 a.m.
everytime i'm at the mall, and if my 2 year old gets ahead of me (always) .. people look around to see if there is a parent around.. most of them are like oh thank god , i thought she was by herself...
So these people in durham see/find a 2 year old (or the 2 yr old wandered into the home) , they didn't bother to stand outside to see if there was any adults looking for them or call 911?? What a shame! 7 hours??? Joking right??
stanleyhugunin Nov 13, 9:10 a.m.
come on these people didn't know.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03