Originally created 12/20/97

Warns parents to keep eyes on children

I watched Geraldo recently and the topic was missing children, dead children and children lucky enough to have escaped their abductor. It occurred to me that I didn't wonder why a lot of children are abducted.

I have watched parents leave their children alone in buggy seats in Wal-Mart and the grocery store. In Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones, I sat down to have lunch outside of McDonalds and a little boy about 5 or 6 years old was sitting on the top of the big plaster Ronald McDonald. He was a very friendly child and started talking to me right away, he told me his mother had told him to wait for her at McDonalds.

I sat there 10 or 15 minutes waiting for my daughter-in-law and finally his grandfather came up and sat with him.

This is very disturbing to me. Someone could have easily talked this child outside. What are parents thinking of? Is Christmas so important they forget about the safety of their child?

The other places that parents neglect their children are at the flea markets. Most children of all ages run wild and you very seldom see a parent, or you see them looking at something five or six tables away, never looking up to see where the child has wandered off to.

Nothing in this world is more important than your child. Parents, please always keep them at arms' length. If you're buying Christmas presents and you don't want them to see, find a day care center to put them in or you will be looking at all of the presents in an empty room.

Sherry Carver, Augusta


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