It is every parent's worst fear: discovering that your child is gone or realizing that they have managed to unlock the door and have escaped. This is what the headlines suggest, but there is more to the story and it isn't exactly what seems to have happened. On Nov. 4, KCTV5 reported that the mother of the toddler has been issued a citation for misdemeanor for child endangerment and the child is in protective custody.
The news report states that a naked toddler was found wandering outside in the middle of the night. The temperature was approximately 40 degrees at that time.
The child's mother, Megan said that he was naked because he is currently potty training and takes off all of his clothes when he uses the restroom. She says that she left her toddler in the care of her older children, who are 9, 14 and 15. She said that she was gone for less than an hour and when she returned, thought that he was sleeping with his sister. She says,
"I will regret not going to check on him for the rest of my life."
However, she didn't report him missing until 10 hours after the naked toddler was found wandering the streets. Megan said that she realized he was missing at 8 a.m. and began searching for him. When she still couldn't find him, then the police were contacted.
Neighbors spoke up about the boy and his mother with one stating that everyone has seen the boy running up and down the street with nothing but a diaper on, not even shoes.
Another neighbor said that she would not have waited that long before calling police.
The boy is in protective custody and social workers have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to reach a decision on whether the child will return to his mother's home or if he will remain in the custody of the state. They may also decide to remove the other children from the woman's care.
When readers first came across the headline, they thought this story was simply about a child who had "escaped" once they learned to unlock the doors. However, after the details were revealed, it makes one ask a lot of other questions. What are your thoughts on this event? Do you think she should have her children removed from her care or do you think it was just a careless mistake?