Children found wandering alone in separate incidents, but all ends well

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  • Kelliebelle66 West Jordan, UT
    July 17, 2013 10:16 p.m.

    My 2 year old went missing one cold January morning just after we had moved to a new house. I opened the front door to find his blanket on the threshold. I ran up and down the street. No child. I called the police who arrived quickly. They asked to come into the house so as I went up to the front door I picked up the blanket. There was my son curled up in such a little ball you couldn't tell he had been under there and he was sound asleep. He had opened the door and somehow shut it and couldn't get back in. The policemen thought it was the funniest thing. I was just relieved and a little embarrassed. 12 years later I had an officer at the house about a car across the street that had been left for weeks. He looked around and said, "Aren't you the lady who thought her son was missing but he was on the porch under a blanket asleep?" He had been one of the responding officers and, of course, he got a good chuckle again. I'm so grateful we could laugh about it.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    July 17, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    We watched the Luke 2 story once with the missionaries. I think the entire movie is 5 minutes long. In that time, my 2 year old crawled out of Mom's lap into the kitchen (the other room) and through the cat door! Down the street the toddler went. He was picked up by a passing police car who found him sitting in the middle of the street. The police figured out which house by communicating with him and knocked on our door just as the movie was ending. Imagine our surprise to find the police at the door with our son!

    We had a visit from some agency after the police reported it, but it went no where after that. Thankfully.

  • MaxxFordham OREM, UT
    July 17, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    I remember one time when I was around 3 or 4 (about 35-36 years ago) and we went to our Spanish Fork High School track and they let me play around while they did some running around the track. Well, somehow while they weren't looking, I managed to find my way up to a bleacher near the top of a set--before they installed the guard fences on the ends! Then for some reason I started to hang over the edge of an end by my hands, arms, and belly!

    I started to cry, I think, and one or more of my sisters ran over to me and tried to help me down safely, just in time! Then my parents saw and heard what was happening and ran over and added their help and comfort. Then they took me home and rubbed lotion all over my little belly because my shirt had been pushed up and the part of my belly that I was hanging by was bare and had been somewhat badly chafed. But of course the big concern was that I just about fell over the edge! WHEWW!

    --Mike A. Christensen

  • MaxxFordham OREM, UT
    July 17, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    Ohh, Mom In the Trenches, I'm not buyin' that thing about toddlers not having fears. I remember having plenty of things to be afraid of when I was a tot.


  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    July 16, 2013 10:17 p.m.

    It is important beyond explaining to keep track of our children, but all kinds of things can happen even when the best intentions are in place. My favorite lost child recollection was in Shillitos in Cincinnati. I was there with a toddler and baby and near an escalator. This was a department store with several floors so I was trying to shop and keep an eye on the toddler, but realized she wasn't in sight. After frantically checking the area, I was about to get on the escalator when I heard a lady say, "The escalator has stopped!"

    It had stopped, and I wondered if I should go up it anyway. Then the lady said, "Why here is a little girl back here and she has turned off the escalator!" Indeed my active toddler was behind a counter, invisible to me, and she had found the on/off button. We left that store in great haste without making any purchases. I am always so happy when lost children are found and all is well.

  • SpanishImmersed Mesa, AZ
    July 16, 2013 10:02 p.m.

    A lot of parents tend to turn their children loose when they enter a retailer like All a Dollar or Hobby Lobby, to roam and wander as if it were a secure playground. Some parents will give their child a toy when they enter the store from off of the shelf to play with and pacify them while in the store, only to discard the slobbered and chewed on toy before leaving, with never an intention to buy it.

    One of our clerks heard a crash, and found an 18-month old toddler playing in the glass with Mom no where in sight. She took the child on a search for his Mom, and found her on the far side of the store. When told what happened, the Mom did not thank nor acknowledge the clerk at all. She only bent down to her toddler and baby-talked to it, "did you break some glassy glass?", and then walked off. She treated the clerk as if she was some sort of second class servant. Most never offer to pay for things their kids break either.

    Lost kids in stores is far too commonplace, considering the dangers within our communities.

  • mominthetrenches South Jordan, Utah
    July 16, 2013 6:41 p.m.

    The mentality of a toddler is curiosity, not fear--no fear of water, heights or dangerous people and it only takes a split-second! It CAN and DOES happen to most of us who have had children at least once in a mall or other situation. I am so grateful to read this story as a good reminder for all of us. I am also grateful for those Samaritan strangers who aren't afraid to do the right thing when they see a happy for these families that both outcomes worked out in their favor today. We should all hug our children a little tighter each day!

  • ladybuglover MONITOR, WA
    July 16, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    My nephew died as a result of people not paying attention to him over forty years ago. It made me very conscious of my children as a mom, but i wasn't perfect, either! It just takes a second and lives are changed forever. I also know being a single mom is a hard, hard situation. We just need to be aware when children are concerned!

  • ladybuglover MONITOR, WA
    July 16, 2013 5:42 p.m.

    Over 40 years ago, my nephew died because someone asn't paying attentin to a toddler, so this is a very hard for For me. Obviously, i wasn't a perfect parent either, and know being a single parent is rife with stress. It just takes seconds and life can change forever!

  • Archie1954 Vancouver, BC
    July 16, 2013 4:14 p.m.

    Losing a child briefly can happen so easily. It happened to us when my wife and 3 year old went shooping at the mall while I got my 6 month old into the stoller to follow. When I arrived at the store I asked my wife where the three year old was and she said right here and turned around, and no child. Well I was off like a shot! Luckily it was a Thursday evening and you could have rolled a bowling ball down the whole length of the mall without hitting anyone. I found him strolling along looking in store windows just enjoying himself. But I must say that even 27 years later I still shake in my boots when I recall that incident.

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    July 16, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    So grateful that common sense seems to have prevailed on the part of the police, etc. It is terrifying for anyone to have a child wander off, though children seem to find a way to do so despite the greatest amount of attention, love, and concern.

    Equally grateful that this did not end badly for the two children involved, as sometimes can be the case.