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:Â http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local/marion_county/Toddler-found-wandering-on-west-side .
A year-oldÂ child was found wandering aroundÂ Saturday nightÂ near some corner stores. Â This is in a rather rough area near downtownÂ Indianapolis. Â Strangers took care of her until police arrived and took her into foster care. Â 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. Â Yet the people who saw her helped her. Â She was about as vulnerable as it’s possible for a child to be: wandering alone on a chilly night in an urban neighborhood. Â Where were the men in the white vans waiting for her? Â 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. Â That statistic about leaving your child alone in your front yard for years and years before they’d have a chance of being abducted? Â How about leaving your child alone in a gritty urban setting?