20-month-old boy found after night outside

There are 53 comments on the GoErie.com story from Oct 21, 2008, titled 20-month-old boy found after night outside. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

A 20-month-old boy who wandered away from his foster parents' rural home was found in a cornfield Monday with a few scratches on his face but otherwise unharmed after spending a freezing night outdoors.

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screwy louie

Paris, TN

#1 Oct 21, 2008
If this happened while this child was in the custody of his biological parents, he would have been immediately removed from the home and placed in foster care and the parents would have been charged with child neglect and abuse. Yet, no charges will be filed against the foster parents, you can bet on that!!! Why was a 20 month old child playing outside alone to begin with? Where were the foster parents? Why is this child still allowed to be with them? Someone needs to investigate the agency who placed the child there and charge THEM, too!!!
screwy louie

Paris, TN

#2 Oct 21, 2008
Once again this agency who places children with foster parents "for their own good" has failed miserably. This poor 20 month old child could have died of hypothermia and yet the foster parents are not charged with neglect? What is wrong with the system who is supposed to protect the children? I know of a case where a man has taken his children from their mother by lying to the courts and he lives on disability for ADHD. He receives a disability check every month, his parents own the house he lives in, he collects partial welfare, is provided with food stamps, medical care, hospitalization, etc...and yet he has no food in the house to feed the children so he sends them to live with his mother. The courts do not check on these children and they are slipping thru the cracks of the system when they should be placed back in their mother's care. Child's Protective Service in Erie County (and others) in nothing but a joke!!! And we, the tax payers, are the ones who are paying these people.
concerned

Paris, TN

#3 Oct 21, 2008
Someone should investigate CPS for their practices. They should interview the parents who have had their children taken for one reason or another. I would almost bet that in better than 50% of the cases, CPS had a "grudge" against the parent they took the children from. This agency thrives on the power they have been given. Erie Times, please, do an indepth report and let the public know how this agency is lax in their duties, for the good of the children.
madder than hops

Paris, TN

#4 Oct 21, 2008
Where were the PARENTS when this child went missing?
Trooper Tom

Cambridge, MA

#5 Oct 21, 2008
You guys should note that it was NOT child protective services that placed the child with the family.
lakerman1

United States

#6 Oct 21, 2008
I find it odd that the police called off the search at 1:30 AM.
TWTL

Edinboro, PA

#7 Oct 21, 2008
lakerman1 wrote:
I find it odd that the police called off the search at 1:30 AM.
Oh..My..Dog...lakerman, I'm gonna faint. I think this is twice this year we're agreeing on something. I came here to make that same comment. You beat me to it.

Why in the world would they call that search off until daybreak?!? I was stunned when I read that.
Becky

Warren, OH

#8 Oct 21, 2008
I really don't get why people are dissing the foster parents. From reading the story, it sounds to me like they live in a very rural area (think FARM) where you can let a toddler go out in the sandbox alone in the yard without worrying too much, because there's nothing he can get into and you're keeping an eye on him every five or 10 minutes from the window. Somehow, between the adults' window checks, the child wandered away. I don't think everybody should persecute the foster parents. This could happen to any family, and it doesn't mean they're're bad parents. Says that even though LE called off the search, the family continued searching through the night. Sounds to me like they were pretty concerned.
K Mac

Erie, PA

#9 Oct 21, 2008
Becky wrote:
I really don't get why people are dissing the foster parents. From reading the story, it sounds to me like they live in a very rural area (think FARM) where you can let a toddler go out in the sandbox alone in the yard without worrying too much, because there's nothing he can get into and you're keeping an eye on him every five or 10 minutes from the window. Somehow, between the adults' window checks, the child wandered away. I don't think everybody should persecute the foster parents. This could happen to any family, and it doesn't mean they're're bad parents. Says that even though LE called off the search, the family continued searching through the night. Sounds to me like they were pretty concerned.
OMG, I REALLY hope you don't breed. Less than two is WAY too young to let play outside alone. You don't just have to worry about human predators, but in the country don't you think you'd have to worry about ANIMAL predators and ponds/creeks, as well as the child wandering off?? Need we bring up Brittany Steward all over again? Or did you think it was okay she "fell asleep" (aka "passed out"), too, since they were in the country.

The only place I'd have a toddler play by his or herself would be IN A PLAYPEN. And I'd STILL be checking on him/her.
TWTL

Edinboro, PA

#10 Oct 21, 2008
K Mac wrote:
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OMG, I REALLY hope you don't breed. Less than two is WAY too young to let play outside alone. You don't just have to worry about human predators, but in the country don't you think you'd have to worry about ANIMAL predators and ponds/creeks, as well as the child wandering off?? Need we bring up Brittany Steward all over again? Or did you think it was okay she "fell asleep" (aka "passed out"), too, since they were in the country.
The only place I'd have a toddler play by his or herself would be IN A PLAYPEN. And I'd STILL be checking on him/her.
If you were such a good mother, you wouldn't put your child in a "pen" to play. I never had a pen for any of my kids.
K Mac

Erie, PA

#11 Oct 21, 2008
TWTL wrote:
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If you were such a good mother, you wouldn't put your child in a "pen" to play. I never had a pen for any of my kids.
I guess I'm the only owner of a Pack N Play, huh? What did you do with your baby while you were cooking dinner? Stick him in a high chair? Or didn't you cook dinner?
Chilly

Erie, PA

#12 Oct 21, 2008
concerned wrote:
Someone should investigate CPS for their practices. They should interview the parents who have had their children taken for one reason or another. I would almost bet that in better than 50% of the cases, CPS had a "grudge" against the parent they took the children from. This agency thrives on the power they have been given. Erie Times, please, do an indepth report and let the public know how this agency is lax in their duties, for the good of the children.
If by "grudge" you mean not tolerating physical, sexual emotional and educational abuse; call me a grudge holder.... I wish someone would report about all of the families that CPS has helped. Children need advocates; need to be kept safe.. and sometimes it is their parents they need to be kept safe from.
TWTL

Edinboro, PA

#13 Oct 21, 2008
K Mac wrote:
What did you do with your baby while you were cooking dinner?
The same thing all mothers did before they started buying pens.

Giving them a fancy name like "Pack-n-Play" doesn't make them any more appealing, either, btw. I hate to see kids penned up. They belong out on the floor and exploring.

We used cloth diapers, too, even though I could have bought "Pampers." I was one of those old-fashioned moms.

madder than hops

Paris, TN

#14 Oct 21, 2008
If CPS didn't place this child, then who did? How do you know this? Regardless, anyone who lets a child of 20 months play outside without supervision is not fit to have children in their home. It only takes 2 seconds for a child to disappear (as happened) or to become critically injured, or bitten by an aggressive dog running loose, ANYTHING can happen. Why are these people not being charged with neglect?
Becky

Warren, OH

#15 Oct 21, 2008
K Mac wrote:
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I guess I'm the only owner of a Pack N Play, huh? What did you do with your baby while you were cooking dinner? Stick him in a high chair? Or didn't you cook dinner?
Put him in a jumper chair in the doorway to the kitchen so he was in the room with me -- I could see him, he could see me; he liked the jumper seat. OR ... waited til his dad came home from work, so he could play with him, since he hadn't seen him all day.
K Mac

Erie, PA

#16 Oct 21, 2008
TWTL wrote:
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The same thing all mothers did before they started buying pens.
...which was....? Cook with them on your hip risking injury? Or strap them in a chair with a toy?
K Mac

Erie, PA

#17 Oct 21, 2008
Becky wrote:
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Put him in a jumper chair in the doorway to the kitchen so he was in the room with me -- I could see him, he could see me; he liked the jumper seat. OR ... waited til his dad came home from work, so he could play with him, since he hadn't seen him all day.
Yeah, you're not one I'd take parenting advice from, dearie. Miss "It's-okay-to-leave-a-tod dler-alone-outside-and-look-in -on-them-every-5-or-10-minutes " can just hold on to the rest of her pearls of widsom. I'm still in awe of the stupidity of that "logic". Way to go, you've hit a new low.
K Mac

Erie, PA

#18 Oct 21, 2008
madder than hops wrote:
If CPS didn't place this child, then who did? How do you know this? Regardless, anyone who lets a child of 20 months play outside without supervision is not fit to have children in their home. It only takes 2 seconds for a child to disappear (as happened) or to become critically injured, or bitten by an aggressive dog running loose, ANYTHING can happen. Why are these people not being charged with neglect?
You got me -- had the kid wandered into a pond, they'd be sharing a cell with Brittany and the other baby killers.
Becky

Warren, OH

#19 Oct 21, 2008
madder than hops wrote:
If CPS didn't place this child, then who did? How do you know this? Regardless, anyone who lets a child of 20 months play outside without supervision is not fit to have children in their home. It only takes 2 seconds for a child to disappear (as happened) or to become critically injured, or bitten by an aggressive dog running loose, ANYTHING can happen. Why are these people not being charged with neglect?
READ THE STORY. It will tell you who placed the child(ren ... the toddler has a 4-year-old brother).... it was NOT CPS.
BOTH kids were probably outside, playing. Doesn't say.
Parents aren't being charged because it wasn't NEGLECT ... it was a mishap, an accident. And who knows? Maybe they WILL be charged after they review the whole situation.
Becky

Warren, OH

#20 Oct 21, 2008
K Mac wrote:
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Yeah, you're not one I'd take parenting advice from, dearie. Miss "It's-okay-to-leave-a-tod dler-alone-outside-and-look-in -on-them-every-5-or-10-minutes " can just hold on to the rest of her pearls of widsom. I'm still in awe of the stupidity of that "logic". Way to go, you've hit a new low.
Naw, I couldn't POSSIBLY climb down far enough or fast enough to get close to YOU, dahling, lol. What's the "K" stand for .... KOOK?

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