Post # 1
I got home last night right before it got dark. When I got home there was a small child walking around in the front yard who I didn’t recognize. I tried asking him where he lived and such and was not successful in getting any information. After a few minutes I walked with him to a neighbors house in hopes that she might know who he was. She wasn’t positive but thought she had recognized him living at the house about four houses down. We walked down there and for the longest could not get anyone to answer the door. We even considered calling the police because we weren’t even positive about this being his house. After about 30 minutes a man who I assumed was his father answers the door and takes the boy and says thank you and shuts the door without saying another word. The whole situation just felt weird. There is no telling how long he had been in my yard and it was totally dark by the time someone answered the door.
Has anyone experienced anything like this before? Would you have called the police?
Post # 2
I would have called the police honestly. There could be nothing going on, but I wouldn’t want it on me to figure it out. About how old was the boy? It seems really sketchy that his possible father reacted that way and took so long to answer the door. If you see him again, I would definitely call the police instead of taking him right home. Again, it could be nothing but you never know.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
That’s crazy. Calling the police probably would’ve been the first thing I did, personally.
Post # 4
Police, definitely. Normal people do not act like that…
Post # 5
I would have called the police. I probably still would, even if it was last night. That’s doesn’t sound like a very good home situation…
Post # 6
In a situation like that I would have definitely called the police. Young children (depending on how young they are) are not supposed to be on the streets at night alone and it could be seen as abandonment.
My mother has worked with children for about 25 years now and I know she would have taken the child into her home and called the police.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
I would have called the police .. what if that guy wasn’t his dad? What if that guy had kidnapped him prior to that… or you just handed him off to the neighborhood pedophile?
My cousin used to let himself out of their house in the middle of the night and walk around the neighborhood. He did this from the time he was 2 until about 5 when he finally learned he got in trouble for doing it and he scared the shit out of his mom everytime.
Post # 8
Call child services! WTF.
Post # 9
The behaviour is weird but there isn’t really a guide for how to react when someone shows up at your door with your kid late at night. I would probably be so embarrassed that I didn’t realize he had snuck out or something that I probably would’ve done the exact same thing!
I would’ve called the police when my neighbours said the child wasn’t theirs, I wouldn’t feel comfortable handing a child over to anyone when I am not 100% sure they belong with them. I even would’ve called the police to just go and check on the house after the kid was inside.
If you ever see the kid outside again like that and he doesn’t just go home on his own I would invite him inside and call the police to deal with it.
Post # 10
I guess we should have called the police. I will definitely keep a more watchful eye.
Post # 11
You could have handled that child over to anyone. When the guy opened the door, did the boy look like he recognised him? If I were you I’d call the police now, before that guy takes off with the kid if he is doing anything sketchy.
Post # 12
You should call child services. Explain what you saw, and give the address. What will happen is that they will send someone to investigate the situation. They don’t tell who called.
Post # 13
Uhhhh that is wierd. I think I would put in a call to police anyway so they can follow up with this kid and his family. He may have been sleepwalking or have some sort of other problem, but clearly the parents are out to lunch here. Maybe just let the police know what happened and they can check in on the address where the kid was left or something.
Post # 14
what time was the boy outside playing by himself?
Post # 15
That’s really bizarre. I’d call the non-emergency police number now just to report it so they have it on record that this guy totally neglected his son.