Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Loonies Strike Again

I would complain that the monkeys are back at the newspaper, slaving away over hot typewriters, but it's actually not the local rag's fault this time. This time.

There was an item the other day, shortly after the "kid in the trunk" episode, about a 3 year old boy (what IS it with 3 year olds in this town lately? Is it the drinking water, maybe?!?) who was found wandering alone in a not-so-great neighborhood at 1am. A patrolling officer noticed the small child, and approached him. The child said he'd gotten up after everyone in his house went to sleep, got dressed, and left the house to go to his grandmother's. The child didn't know his address, or the address of his grandmother. The patrol officer took the child to the Family Services home. The newspaper goes on to say that shortly afterward, a call came in about a missing 3 year old. The caller, a female, said she was asleep while the child's grandfather stayed awake, drinking. ( oh, yeah -- this one's gonna be a lulu!) When the grandfather turned in for the night, he locked the door, and went to bed. The reason he made sure he locked the door, esteemed readers -- wait for it -- is because a similar incident had happened at this same residence a year before. Let me repeat that. This is not the first time this child has done this. He had a history of leaving the house in the middle of the night! At two and three years old!

I've said it before, and I'm sure it won't be the last time -- it truly boggles the mind.


ccw said...

That would be funny if it wasn't so damn sad.

You would think that they would always have the door locked after incident #1 or move the locks up the door.

When I lived in Dayton a 3 or 4 year old "drove" off from his daycare in a Power Wheels. Motorists called 911 when they saw this kid "driving" down a very busy road.

Was there ever any follow-up about the kid in the trunk?

KLee said...

Nope, CCW. Still no follow-up story. We have one of those reader phone lines at the newspaper, where people can phone comments in, and the "best" ones get put in the paper. Several people have mentioned the kid in the trunk there, and still no more information. Sad, isn't it? The 3 years old have run amok!

purple_kangaroo said...

That is one of the reasons we invested in an alarm system for our home. When the kids were going through the stage where they had just learned how to open the doors but hadn't yet learned not to open them without permission, we set it to chime every time a door was opened even if the system was disarmed.