I live in an apt. building. About a week or so ago, I heard a child screaming. These were not bloodcurdling screams but loud enough to get me to go out into the hallway to see if I could tell which apt. they were coming from. Out in the hallway I could hear the sound of a belt snapping and in between the screams a child's voice crying "No, I'm sorry!"
I went back in and called the police and the dispatcher said they'd send someone. Don't know what happened after that.
Just last night, I heard the same little boy (he looks like he's about 9) sobbing out in the hallway and the sound of footsteps going back and forth to the trash chut. I walked closer to my door to see if I could tell what was going on and that was when I heard the little boy repeatedly crying, "Mommy, please don't throw all my toys away. I'm sorry."
This went on for about 10 min., where the whole time I could hear the trash chut opening and closing.
His grandmother, who was really nice, was staying with them for a while but she went home.
I don't have kids in the same age range as him, so no excuse to invite him over to play.
Not sure that there's anything I can do. I am sad.