Babe in Texas Toyland
Filed under: In The News
Santa is not the only one making lists this time of year. In order to know what toys to request, kids peruse toy catalogs and pay close attention to television commercials before making their own lists of what they'd like to receive for Christmas. But sometimes the choices are too many and the only way to narrow things down is with some real hands-on experimenting with the toys.
Perhaps that is what this 4-year-old Beaumont, Texas boy was thinking when he headed for a Family Dollar store at 4am yesterday morning. The news reports say the boy broke into the store, but that's not really a fair assessment of what happened. In reality, he simply unlocked the door of his own home, walked across a multi-lane street and entered the unlocked store. This set off a silent alarm, bringing the cops who found him happily playing with the toys. The whole caper was caught on the store's security camera (you can see the video here).
"He met them at the door," said Officer Crystal Holmes. "He was not afraid. When the officers got there, he was showing them his toys."
When the boy's parents woke up and realized their son was missing, mom hopped on her bike to search the neighborhood while dad called the cops. The family was happily reunited at the police station, albeit briefly. Instead of being returned to his grateful family, the boy and his 2-year-old brother were placed under the care of Child Protective Services. A CPS spokeswoman says the boys won't be allowed to go home until a review of the case has been completed. In the meantime, they are staying with other family members, presumably with better locks on their doors.
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.