20-month-old boy found after night ou...

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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NEIGHBOR

Uniontown, PA

#41 Oct 22, 2008
SHOULD READ "SCARRED" WITH FOREVER...
NEIGHBOR wrote:
THE BIOLOGICAL PARENTS HAD MINOR PARENTING PROBLEMS THAT THEY WERE NOT EVEN GIVEN THE CHANCE TO REPAIR THROUGH THE CYS. THEY STORMTROOPED THE HOME, REMOVED THE CHILDREN WITHOUT EVEN GIVING THEM A CHANCE TO DO ANY THERAPY AS A WHOLE FAMILY WITH COUNSELING. THEY TURNED A QUITE REPARIBLE PROBELM INTO A HORRIFFIC ORDEAL THAT THE CYS DEPT. HAS SCARED THE CHILREN WITH FOREVER!ANY THOUGHTS OUT THERE??
StopSBS

Blackstone, VA

#42 Oct 22, 2008
Forgive me if I'm mistaken, but I don't see anywhere in any of these posts that anyone is grateful that the child was found alive and unharmed. Thank God the child is ok. You can debate all day long whether or not the parents were negligent. It doesn't change the fact that a child wandered off and thankfully was found. Personally I do not think a child that is only 20 months old should be left outside alone, but I can tell you that I had my own daughter who was about three standing right next to me and while I stopped to speak to someone, in that split moment, she walked away and I never saw her until I looked back down. One second she was playing at my feet, the next she was half a block away. I was astonished at how far away she had gotten in just a few seconds. I suppose if I'd not looked back down to check on her (which is why I looked back down)and she'd have "wandered away" and I had to call in the troops to search for her, I'd be getting crucified right now. I'm not sticking up for the parents, I'm just saying....who am I to judge? Again, thank God the child was found!
peggy sue

Chagrin Falls, OH

#43 Oct 22, 2008
thank the lord he was found and is safe. I remember when my sons were 2 and 3 and took off in the fields when we lived in the country. I left for a second and they were gone. It is a scarry feeling when you search for a child but this turned out to be a good thing and they found him

Boys will be boys
Mike

Erie, PA

#44 Oct 22, 2008
where's trooper tom. i want him to explain why they called off the search at 1:30!!!
Chilly

AOL

#45 Oct 22, 2008
NEIGHBOR wrote:
SHOULD READ "SCARRED" WITH FOREVER...<quoted text>
I've got plenty of thoughts about this. People really have no idea how difficult it is to remove a child from their family home. It is a decision that a judge makes after testimony in Court. CPS does not go "stormtrooping" anywhere- anytime. The children are removed when the parents or caregivers cannot keep them safe and/or meet their basic needs for whatever reason. It is a Court's decison to remove children from homes, not the CPS workers. The parents always have a chance to defend themselves in Court. Evidence is collected, the facts are presented in Court and the child's best interests are considered. Children are removed from homes with Court Orders, not storm troopers.
fox82

Ashtabula, OH

#46 Oct 22, 2008
NEIGHBOR wrote:
THE BIOLOGICAL PARENTS HAD MINOR PARENTING PROBLEMS THAT THEY WERE NOT EVEN GIVEN THE CHANCE TO REPAIR THROUGH THE CYS. THEY STORMTROOPED THE HOME, REMOVED THE CHILDREN WITHOUT EVEN GIVING THEM A CHANCE TO DO ANY THERAPY AS A WHOLE FAMILY WITH COUNSELING. THEY TURNED A QUITE REPARIBLE PROBELM INTO A HORRIFFIC ORDEAL THAT THE CYS DEPT. HAS SCARED THE CHILREN WITH FOREVER!ANY THOUGHTS OUT THERE??
Here's a thought, what about the judges? and the attoreys and the CASA workers? The judge has the final say, the parents get free representation and a right to speak at the hearings and the CASA worker is to be a voice for the child. You mean to tell me that all these professionals are stupid, are led by the nose by the CYS workers? It does not take a highly educated person to read the Juvenile Laws and understand them, one can get them online for most states. These parents can also go to the media and state their case so why don't they? Granted, there are some crappy workers that need to be fired, but there is a process and many people are involved. Guess it is easier to blame only one party or is it that people are too afraid to stand up to the other professionals?
bambam

Lorain, OH

#47 Oct 23, 2008
I really hope they did not give that baby back to that horrible woman. How do you let a baby play outside alone? What survival skills this baby has, his foster mother must have neglected him his whole little life. I think those poor kids need a new home.
bambam

Lorain, OH

#48 Oct 23, 2008
Chilly wrote:
<quoted text>
I've got plenty of thoughts about this. People really have no idea how difficult it is to remove a child from their family home. It is a decision that a judge makes after testimony in Court. CPS does not go "stormtrooping" anywhere- anytime. The children are removed when the parents or caregivers cannot keep them safe and/or meet their basic needs for whatever reason. It is a Court's decison to remove children from homes, not the CPS workers. The parents always have a chance to defend themselves in Court. Evidence is collected, the facts are presented in Court and the child's best interests are considered. Children are removed from homes with Court Orders, not storm troopers.
I can't say I agree. I think some of these foster parents are only in it for the love of money not for the love of children! Now since you know so much explain to the public why that poor baby was outside alone?
Trooper Tom

Cambridge, MA

#49 Oct 23, 2008
Mike wrote:
where's trooper tom. i want him to explain why they called off the search at 1:30!!!
I have no idea....I wan't there.
chris

Canton, OH

#50 Oct 23, 2008
Who in their right mind leaves a 20 month old outside playing alone in the first place. These people have no right being foster parents in my mind. We do not live in a world where this is a safe thing for a 5 yr old to do let alone a 20 month old.
bambam

Lorain, OH

#51 Oct 24, 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.
You must not have children. And that is exactly everyone's point about the biological parents. They probably lost this child for the same reason. They were dissed. CPS failed and so did the judge that placed this poor child. Farm land or not a 20-month old baby should not be outside alone at anytime under any circumstances. I have a 20month old and she is all over the place. She gets lost in our small house. She is quick and there are times she gets over the gate and we look all over the house for her. It's a very scary feeling.
K Mac

United States

#52 Oct 24, 2008
My son was able to open locked windows at that age. I had him down for a nap (I thought) and went out to check the mail, all of a sudden I hear "Hellooooooo", look up and there he is! From then on, we have had to have the barriers on the windows open so they only go up about two inches. It's only a matter of time till my little escape artist figures those out, then I don't know WHAT we're going to do!
tinkerbell

Flinton, PA

#53 Nov 1, 2008
somthing that gets me is that eveyone that hears of this story they want to jump on this child's real parents where they faulted and why the child was in cys care in the first place. the big picture is not why the childern are in foster care but why that fostermother left that little boy outside by himself, a child barely able to talk to even call for help. what psychological dame to you think this caused on this little boy. what i would like to hear is that these boys are returned home to their parents where money is not the factor.

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