Hi Readers — As disturbing as this story is, I love reader Tracey Rollison’s take on it. Voila:
Dear Free-Range Kids: I thought you might find this interesting: http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local/marion_county/Toddler-found-wandering-on-west-side .
A year-old child was found wandering around Saturday night near some corner stores. This is in a rather rough area near downtown Indianapolis. Strangers took care of her until police arrived and took her into foster care. A full day passed before her family came forward to identify her (link to second story is on the page above).
This area is what most suburbanites would call a slum. It’s really just a poor neighborhood, but it’s one where most people would assume it’s too dangerous to go. Yet the people who saw her helped her. She was about as vulnerable as it’s possible for a child to be: wandering alone on a chilly night in an urban neighborhood. Where were the men in the white vans waiting for her? Why did the presumably stereotypically scary man who found her help her?
The sad thing is that on the local email list where I first saw this, people were saying how “dangerous and scary” it is out there…when all along, the story proved otherwise. That statistic about leaving your child alone in your front yard for years and years before they’d have a chance of being abducted? How about leaving your child alone in a gritty urban setting?