By tried to help - 7/10/2019 00:01

Stranger Danger!

Today, I was going into a store and saw a woman roughly handling a screaming toddler. I kept walking, until I heard the kid scream, "Help! You’re not my mommy!” I called 911 and stood behind the car to keep her from taking off. The cops arrived to see me fending off blows from a very pissed off grandma. FML
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  Ashamed_Sister  |  60

Exactly! A kid screaming "Help! You’re not my mommy!” provides reasonable cause for calling 911, and the grandmother should be held legally accountable for the blows he had to fend off.

By  leximichelle  |  12

Tbh, I’d have asked the woman her relationship to the child before calling police. Generally, kidnappers are more friendly and kind to children their trying to abduct so as not to cause a scene like you witnessed. If grandma was handing kid roughly, it’s typically someone the child is related to or is taking care of the child.

Your heart’s in the right place; next time just think about the situation before acting to rashly.

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  Mungolikecandy  |  18

The downside to that is people lie. Especially the type of people who would take a child.

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  SevieCookie  |  13

In response to this, i'd like to point you in the direction of the case of James Bulger, a 2 year old boy in England abducted and murdered by two 10 year old boys. A grandmother stopped the boys as the little one was crying and asked if they were related to the little one. They told her they were his brothers and looking for their mother or something like that. Unfortunately the grandmother didn't wait around and call the police as her grandchild was making a fuss and she made the mistake of accepting it. She will forever feel that guilt that if she had stopped them from taking the boy, he wouldn't have been tortured and killed and would be 29 years old now. Its a very very sad case, but one that shows you're wrong in saying to not act rashly and ask the relationship first, because if 10 year old boys can lie and get away with it to end up killing another child, then you can bet an adult would be able to lie just as well.

Good on OP for acting.

By  RichardPencil  |  27

You were brave enough to stand behind a car to prevent her from taking off, but lacked the balls to confront a granny in the store where you could make a difference?

You should have just move over several aisles and just crouch down and snivel until the danger passed.

By  drego5  |  27

Good for you. Most people wouldn't have done anything. That's a pretty clear-cut statement that the kid was screaming, so while this happened to have been one of the times that nothing nefarious was going on, it easily could have been, and in such a case, you might have saved a child's life, instead of just delaying someone a few minutes. In case anyone thinks I'm being sarcastic, I'm absolutely not. If it were my kid and their grandparent, I would very much appreciate the fact that you did something. Thank you.

By  tounces7  |  26

Honestly I hope the kid is severely punished for pulling a stunt like that. If he gets the idea that crying wolf can get him attention, it's going to be really bad for the long term.

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You are so right. Kids lie, they lie a lot, and I think it's because it's their only sense of control in their life. I think of the brats who called "Witch!" in the old Salem Witch Trials. Little girls lied, adults believed them, and women died.

By  Mungolikecandy  |  18

You did the right thing. You could have walked on but think how you would have felt if you had seen that child on a news report the next day.

By  jbuckets_404  |  38

Kids are getting younger & younger these days when learning that they can easily get adult relatives into trouble by claiming to be abducted or that they can't be disciplined when threatening to contact Child Services. The proverbial pendulum has swung the other way per intra-familial relationships.... :-(

By  julfunky  |  28

I read a story somewhere that a guy had a daughter try this on him and he said “ok” and walked away. She ended up chasing him down. I’m guessing that would work with a lot of kids.