(Closed) Screaming child that lives below us..

posted 5 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Calling the police might be premature unless you genuinely believe that the screams you are hearing are “i’m hurting” noises and not “i’m annoyed” noises.

 

However, contacting your apartment manager is EXACTLY the right move. They can send notice to the parents, you’ll get another set of eyes on the child. If the apartment manager (who has the right to enter the unit) feels something is not right, he/she can contact the police.

 

That being said, if your gut instinct is saying “something is wrong” and not “this child is a brat”, the next time something like this happens at 2am, contact the police with a noise complaint. Explain the situation. They will send someone over, and if they see something alarming, they can take it from there. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Asia:  +1. I don’t think much can top this answer for you. Definitely figure out if it’s annoyed or pained screams.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I am a mother of an autistic 2 (almost 3) yr old. He NEVER sleeps and is up SEVERAL hours of the night. Thank God we own our own home because if we lived in an apartment neighbors might think we’re crazy. He screams throughout the night and has repeated melt downs. I would try to get some more info before you jump on those calls UNLESS you believe the child is truly in danger.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would agree with PP, if you think it is a bratty screaming kid talk to your apartment manager about the noise. Sometimes toddlers are just evil little creatures.

But if there is any reason that you would think this screaming is beyond a three year old temper tantrum, then next time it happens I would call the police. I don’t know what I would do if I heard something like that then later found out something horrific was happening to the child and I ignored it. Even if it is just a kind of off feeling about how often and the way the kid is freaking out, better to inconvince innocent parents than allow a potentially abusive situation to continue. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

If you call the apartment manager and tell him the situation, maybe you will find out if anyone else has called and complained.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

I agree with PPs…tell the apartment office exactly what you are hearing.  They should be able to take it from there.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@melitabonita:  Yeah, tell your apartment manager exactly what you’ve told us. You don’t need to give a written notice of complaint or anything, but they’ll get the gist of it if you say that the child has been screaming, and its concerning you in various ways.

 

Some people might not get it, but I think a lot of parents would rather you call the apartment or the police if you genuinely felt their child was in danger  (and wasn’t) than if you just tried to let it go. Good luck!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

I agree on calling the apartment manager

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