9-year-old boy found biking alone on I-215 freeway

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  • RunAmuckMom Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2013 6:49 p.m.

    "About 7:30 p.m. Saturday, a Salt Lake City business owner contacted police and said a woman had been looking for her son the night before". It just sounds like she was looking for her son and didn't want to involve the police. I was a teenager once...got slapped in the face for saying "This just sucks". I got out of the car in the middle of the intersection in some (unknown to me) part of SLC and ran in whatever direction was away from my parents because I didn't know why I got slapped in the first place. Things happen, kids are kids. I've had my share of poo in life and don't trust the police or dcfs BUT, this situation sounds like it's going to be fine either way. I'm happy the boy is fine and the Mother knows where he is. I hope they are reunited soon, (as long as the circumstances aren't abusive in nature).

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    May 13, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    Sounds like some of the commenters can't get the facts straight. The article said they HAD reported the child missing to police on Saturday. I don't know why they waited until Saturday to report it. We need more information before passing judgment.

  • Willybee71 GARDEN CITY, NY
    May 13, 2013 2:58 a.m.


    Ha Ha !!! Perhaps the kid was riding his bike along a major Interstate 'cause that's the route that the Traveling Circus takes !!!
    Was the word Bindlestiff ??
    Within this generation, 9-year old kids will be running away from home to visit some Internet Game Programming Convention with a Laptop or Tablet Computer strapped to their bikes !!!

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    May 12, 2013 5:02 p.m.


    Did you read a different article?

    This article says the police were not notified. It doesn't say anything about "Thursday" at all. It says the couple looked for him Friday and the business owner called Saturday. It says that because the police were not notified of a missing child they were delayed in reuniting the family.

    The parents may or may not be unfit. I'm not judging cause I don't know. Even if I did know, I would hold no malice toward them. The only thing I'm concerned about is the future if this child. If there is reason to suspect the child may not be returning to a safe home or even one with responsible parents... then they boy may need to be removed or the parents may need some recourse to help them learn responsibility.

    Some of us are not judging them at all. I'm stating concern for the kid and that we should consider all options and investigate the events that lead to this to provide the best future events we can give to this child. I think that sounds pretty fair for the child and everyone else.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    May 12, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    I am passing judgement. Let's hope this incident is fully investigated.
    A nine year old riding a bike along a busy freeway. Really.

  • Getoverit Clearfield, UT
    May 12, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    The article states that she had reported her son missing to SLC police on Thursday. Funny we are so quick to judge yet many thought it was perfectly OK to leave a child the same age alone at lagoon without contacting any authorities simply because he wasn't at the designated pick up stop. That child could have easily been kidnapped.

  • bob j Maryborough, 00
    May 12, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    The young lad riding alone brings back memories of 88 /89 years ago when I would ride my pedal cycle for - at times - up to twenty miles from home. A large part of the travel would be on the main highway. However, in this case things would have been a lot different as in those days there was but little motorised traffic. I am now approaching my 96th. year.

  • Irritabull CHESTER, NE
    May 12, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    They may have been new to the area and the boy did not remember his address, or he had not lived
    there long enough to memorize it. Too many details are missing to be able to make a judgement.

  • mspatbyui Rexburg,, ID
    May 12, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    Let's not judge, let's just be thankful he is safe.

  • KanataHal Ottawa, 00
    May 12, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    This would be a non-event in the decade I grew up in. A lot of children try running away from home for reasons only they know of. I wouldn't jump to conclusions in a case like this.

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    May 12, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    Willybee71 has a point...not having all the details of who this boy is, we really can't judge
    what the circumstances are that brought about this event. Thankfully someone cared enough to
    stop and help this child. I can hardly imagine the fear of both parent and child.
    A mother's day miracle we can appreciate.

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    May 12, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    Ok... everybody rush to conclusions. It's not our place to judge. Especially without facts.

  • Willybee71 GARDEN CITY, NY
    May 12, 2013 7:09 a.m.

    Sadly, there are parts of Our Country where the local Police are not trusted, especially by Minority Citizens, and recent Immigrants, legal or not.
    Know it. Lived through it. Deal with it.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    May 12, 2013 2:42 a.m.

    Time for some parenting classes.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2013 11:03 p.m.

    They were looking for the child the night before, but didn't contact police. Instead, "through the business owner, police were able to make contact".

    The only reason I can even fathom are that the parents don't want the police to know everything. Maybe they have another reason. Maybe they simply aren't the most capable people in terms of dealing with an emergency. But I'm inclined to think that even the least capable anyone could be, that they would have thought to call the police. Maybe they are from a different country with different ways of dealing with such an emergency.

    For the boy's sake, I hope it's something else. But if it's because of neglect or abuse or some other criminal activity, then I hope the boy can be placed in a loving home where he will be properly raised and cared for. It's sad these things even happen.