Taking Child Protection Too Far?

A 4-year-old boy is being “allowed” to stay with his extended relatives while Child Protective Services “investigates”. Headlines are shouting about the little one who broke into a discount store. It isn’t stated, but the family investigation is surely due to the fact that he was out at 3 a.m.

Was he out because his parents were passed out in a drunken stupor and left the front door wide open when they got home from the bar? No. The boy unlocked his front door.

Did he wander a mile from his home? No. He went across the street.

Did he bust open the local store? No. He went in through an unlocked door.

Did he start smashing everything he could get his hands on? No. He played with the toys.

Can’t our government agencies focus on parents who need investigating? There are countless numbers of children out there who need protecting. Parents can’t bar the doors when they go to bed–that is child abuse. Ditto for cuffing them to their beds, or locking them in the cellar. Unfortunately, parents do that and get away with it.

Check up on the employee who left the door unlocked, and let the kid’s parents handle the situation. A few toy-less days should do the trick.