Originally Posted by kalimay
"It's not illegal to let your children play alone in a backyard. It's not illegal to nap when they're playing either... not responsible, but not illegal."
I would be careful expressing this mentality. I think CPS can deem many things as neglectful that are not necessarily illegal.
Also, I am not wanting to defend you neighbor but is it possible they were inside and saw your son run by and he came out after him at the same time you did?
It may be that is what happened, but he was closer to him either way and did nothing. My dh said if they wanted to call the police fine, but grab the kid first! I am going to find a way to calm down this week (I am more than upset) and talk to them succinctly about what happened.
I know the cop was looking for signs of neglect. Luckily, everything was fine. Also, just to let people know I had a basket of clean laundry on the couch, toys were all over the floor in my sons room and I had a couple dirty dishes and she deemed it more than fit. It's the icky stuff they care about, so if anyone wonders, it doesn't have to be spotless.
They were concerned I was just doing my thing with the kids doing theirs and me being neglectful. I understand the concern, but would have rather had the neighbors talk to me about it. I would have loved her husband (partner) to help me with the gate. But, no.