Originally Posted by Arduinna
I can't believe that on MDC people are condoning leaving a toddler outside alone in the middle of the night.
Who? Who here condones that? I don't see ANYONE saying that it's not something that needs to be addressed. EVERYONE has said that they would address it in some way. I think practically everyone has said they'd call the police at some point to help get the child back to his/her caregivers. No one's much talked about how the child got there in the first place, but if it was through negligence (the story one poster told about the five-year-old left home alone when mom went to take her partner to work, for example), I don't think anyone's condoned *that* either.
I can't believe that people are feeling virtuous about taking a strange child into their home, without any knowledge of where they came from or who might be looking for them. And then on top of that, some folks would be offering the kid food! Formula! Their own breast! EEEEEK! You'd be setting my child up for *weeks* of rashes and meltdowns and sleep disruption... another child might *die* from that type of "help." But none of the folks who are all up in arms about the horrible state of humanity represented by women who don't want to open their door at 2 a.m. when the police have already been summoned are willing to address the fundamental disrespect for other families represented by the action of taking someone else's child and feeding them.
Several months ago on another parenting list, someone posted about a terrifying experience she had: her 18-month-old disappeared off her patio in her development! She called 911, and after she was connected to the local PD, they told her they knew where her child was, and to wait right there, an officer would be out shortly. No other information. She spent frantic minutes wondering what horrible terrible thing had happened to her child that they wouldn't tell her over the phone.
Turns out, her child got out of the enclosure and wandered a few feet away from their patio. A neighbor saw the child, and SCOOPED HIM UP AND TOOK HIM INSIDE then called the cops. Didn't look around, knock on the next door, or even just keep an eye on him and see if someone came after him a moment later. No, she had in effect kidnapped the child, so he was separated from his mom much longer than necessary.
Who still thinks that's a good idea? Come on, really? You can't sit your own butt out on your own porch while you wait for the cops?