7-Year-Old Walmart Shopper Fights Off Attempted Kidnapping In Toy Aisle

I can’t be the only one whose mother used tales of in-store child abductions in an attempt to keep me from wandering off during trips to Sears and Bradlees. She also instructed me to scream like something that screams really, really loud if anyone ever tried to do anything sketchy. A 7-year-old girl in Georgia seems to have learned that same lesson.

As seen in the security camera footage below, a man tries to scoop up the girl while she checked out the toys in her local Walmart. With her mother a couple aisles away, the child can be seen kicking and yelling until her would-be abductor drops her and flees.

A 25-year-old man, reportedly on probation for a manslaughter conviction, was taken into custody soon after the incident, though he denies that he is the person seen in the video.

Suspect in attempted Wal-Mart kidnapping on probation for manslaughter [AJC.com]

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  1. namcam says:

    this world is so sad sometimes!

    • Megladon says:

      I agree. +1 to the parent for doing their job

      • Varick says:

        Thankfully this had a good ending. It is a sad world, I agree. As normal as a majority of us are, there are those on the flip side of the coin who are compelled to do things like this and worse.
        In the last 10 years, 3 teachers working at my old elementary school were arrested in paedophilia rings. Three separate times! All new young hip teachers the kids loved.
        You can’t trust anyone.

    • BluePlastic says:

      So scary. Thank goodness that little girl was able to make a fuss and get away. Frightening to watch but awesome to see her get away.

    • Fantoche_de_Chaussette says:

      This is a country of 300,000,000 people, with a news media that *only* reports “man-bites-dog” stories, so people have a completely distorted idea of the risks out there.

      The truth is, stranger abduction is literally a one-in-a-million event, which doesn’t even crack the “Top 100″ risks to your child.

      Teach your kid to fear fried and sugary food. They’re 100,000 times more of a threat to them than stranger abduction.

  2. Bugley says:

    “…Fights Of Attempted Kidnapping …” ?

    • dragonfire81 says:

      I know. Brutal typo for a headline. I don’t know why this blog is so bad about that. I’m not even a Blogger and I proofread stuff before I post it online.

    • longfeltwant says:

      I don’t see whatever you’re getting at.

    • Platypi {Redacted} says:

      Sigh…we know what it is supposed to read, but it still taints the reading of the whole thing. They should just put a few of the most anal readers into an editor precheck group, set up a prerelease state that lets those readers spot check and correct any grammar or spelling oversights, and then release the story when approved. Would probably add 30 minutes and a lot of credibility to the articles.

      • elangomatt says:

        I haven’t even read the article yet, I just wanted to make sure that the typo police arrested Consumerist within the first few comments. Thank you Bugley. Now I can go and FTFA.

        • Platypi {Redacted} says:

          Unfortunately, unlike apparently every police force in America, the grammar police have NOT been issued tasers (yet). So the squad must resort to textual assaults…

    • AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

      Is that like “smells of”?

    • Cicadymn says:

      Draws more hits than “…wriggles free of attempted kidnapping…”

    • Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

      Jack of clubs

    • kimmie says:

      How is it still not fixed? How do we get their attention, this is bad enough that it makes me twitch. #editor

  3. MrMagoo is usually sarcastic says:

    This is why 7 year olds should be allowed to carry tasers.

  4. rlmiller007 says:

    Idiot parent. My kids never left my arms reach. After they were old ebough Tae Kwon Do lessons took care of the rest.

    • Necoras says:

      We’d always go into the toy area (or the electronics, or the little arcade out near the shopping carts) while Mom was shopping. If your kid is deep in the store, and knows to scream bloody murder if someone tries to take them, everyone should be plenty safe. This video just proves that.

    • teamplur says:

      maybe, but kids are idiots too and and they will run off the second they see you aren’t looking. at 7 years old “STAY NEXT TO ME” is simple enough to understand. some just don’t give a damn what you say.

      so you treat the child the way they are behaving (like a little animal that needs a leash) and then you get people bitching about that.

    • qwickone says:

      Depends on the kid. My 7 yr old nephew could be told “you can stay in this toy aisle while I go to the next aisle” and he would listen to me. Plus, this kind of thing is a fluke, kids typically aren’t abducted by strangers (source: NCMEC)

    • msbask says:

      The odds of your brother or father molesting your kids, or your kids dying from the flu, is infinitesimally higher than anything like this ever happening to your kid. Yet, everyone lets their kids hang out with Grandpa at the mall (exposing them both to Grampa and rampant flu germs).

      24-hour news media has frightened the entire world. We complain that kids don’t play outside like we used to, they don’t ride bikes, they don’t use their imagination, neighborhoods aren’t what they used to be, etc etc etc. But this is the very reason. I’m not suggesting you let your kids cross busy highways and disappear to their hearts content. I’m suggesting that calling this parent an idiot is uncalled for.

      I don’t believe that the world is a more dangerous place for kids now than it was in the 70s/80s (when I was a kid). We just didn’t have CNN and the internet then.

  5. crispyduck13 says:

    Well, I was waiting for my daily reminder that I’m batshit insane to be thinking of having kids. It’s late today, usually I’m nauseated well before noon.

  6. Coffee says:

    This is terrible, and it’s also emblematic of something I hate about the internet. This will get spread across the internet, linked on Facebook pages, etc., and it will only serve to reinforce what everyone fears: everyone is out to get my child. NONE OF YOU ARE SAFE! Subconsciously, people will be even more vigilant about their children…no playing outside alone, no walking to a friend’s house unsupervised…the rapists are out in force, and they’re just waiting for your family to slip up once.

    • PHRoG says:

      You’ve been talking to my wife, haven’t you?

    • Dr. Ned - This underwear is Sofa King Comfortable! says:

      You’re just mad cuz it’ll make your ‘hobby’ more difficult.

    • crispyduck13 says:

      This shouldn’t make parents freak out and go into iron fortress mode, it should remind them to keep their children close when outside the home. If your kid tends to wander teach them not to.

      I didn’t want to blame the parent here, because what happened is bad enough, but really – letting your kid wander a “couple aisles” away? That’s a bit much.*

      *Disclaimer: I do not have kids.

    • shamowfski says:

      All of these consequences are fine with me as a non-parent.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        as non parent who is likely to end up in a nursing home someday or relying on emergency services, etc – i’d like to know my safety is in the hands of people who know how to think under pressure or do things all by themselves.

    • LanMan04 says:

      Exactly!

      And in the meantime, 1000 kids will be raped by their nice Uncle Jimmy.

    • JiminyChristmas says:

      Seriously. This makes me wonder how I survived my childhood. In first through third grades, I would walk or ride my bike a half mile to school – by myself! On Saturday afternoons my mother would tell me “Go out and play!” and I wouldn’t come home until dark. I would go to the convenience store, hike through the woods, wander around different neighborhoods. How did it happen that I didn’t get raped or abducted even once? Just lucky, I guess!

      People who say they never let their kids out of their sight or out of arm’s reach – that’s just not healthy. Children need to have opportunities to think for themselves and act independently without an adult always hovering in the background. I don’t know any kids who were raped or abducted by strangers. I know many who had very sheltered childhoods and then seriously screwed up their lives once they got to high school or college, where they didn’t have constant parental supervision.

    • Emily says:

      Amen. These crimes are statistically so rare, but unfortunately the obsessiveness with which society amplifies them — it’s the fault of local TV news and cable news as much as it is the Internet — makes people believe they’re a pandemic.

      Which has concrete, sad consequences for society and for childhood. When I was a kid, the neighborhood and city I grew up in actually had some serious crime, and yet we played outside on the sidewalk by ourselves — hopscotch, chalk, Red Rover, etc. Now the neighborhood is incredibly safe and yuppified — the only risk to kids is having an organic latte spilled on them — but no children play outside by themselves. Someone would call Child Services if they did.

      • Coffee says:

        I think about what I was allowed to do as a child in the 80s/90s – when I was ten, for instance, I had to bicycle two miles through a suburban area to attend a summer camp – and I realize that there are many people today who would think I had terribly neglectful parents. Funny thing is, that’s what most of the parents did back then…you’d go over to other kids houses, walk to the mall, do whatever, all without worrying about the one in a million chance something would happen.

        People will tell you that compared to today, back then we all lived in Mayberry, and there was less to worry about, but that’s just not true. Bad things happen to children. It’s horrible. It’s sad. Fact is, though, it’s just as dangerous for them with the babysitter as it is playing in the front yard.

        • brinks says:

          My mom was always nuts about that stuff. We had to ride our bikes back and forth in the driveway because she was too paranoid to let us leave.

          Her head would explode if she had young kids today.

          Also, I think I just figured out why I am f***ing insane.

    • regis-s says:

      Totally agree. This will be played over and over again on every news show in North America. People all over the continent are going to react as though it happened at the mall they shop at.

    • shufflemoomin says:

      Why? A very rare occurrence was caught on video. Only an idiot would assume not only that this will happen to their kid because it happened to someone else or that it’s more likely to now that you’ve seen video of it. Did they stop flying anywhere as soon as a plane crash was shown on the news? Start living outside in a tent after that one time they saw a video of a house destroyed in a gas explosion? Sure, idiots might react differently after seeing this video but those people would be idiots with or without this video.

      • 12345678nine says:

        This does mean that this man may not have been caught, and he will probably try again.

        How is that not a little scary?

  7. Kuri says:

    I’d say she got lucky, not all are so easily deterred. And that is definitely the thing to do when this happens in public, make as much of a commotion as humanly possible.

  8. PadThai says:

    The girl should be praised for doing exactly the right thing and screaming her head off. I’m glad she’s safe.
    Now is the camera following him around because he looks like a sketchy mo-fo?

    • RedOryx says:

      I was wondering that, too

    • Misha says:

      Yeah, that’s kind of why I was raised that you only scream your head off if you are legitimately in trouble. When I lived in an apartment complex that had a daycare (it was mostly graduate student housing), it drove me nuts to hear kids (old enough to be able to control their screaming) screaming all afternoon. Got kind of desensitized to it. Which is precisely WHY you only scream your head off if you are legitimately in trouble.

    • Anathema777 says:

      It looks like it may have been zoomed in footage from a wider angle camera. I’m only guessing of course, but the movement had that weird feeling that you see when widescreen shots from movies are shown on TV and they have to pan awkwardly across the screen to fit in a spread.

  9. Cat says:

    Some parents let their kids have free reign of the store at Walmart. The kids are little hell raisers, running up and down the aisles and riding the bikes in the store. Even if mom or dad are there next to them, they’re oblivious.

    Look at the “missing kids” posters at the front of the store, baby mammas and daddies. Control your kids. If you don’t love them, some pervert will.

    • dks64 says:

      That’s why I don’t shop at Wal-Mart… it’s not the store, it’s the idiotic customers. Every time I’ve ever been, kids have been running amok with either their parents ignoring them or the parents aren’t even around. Didn’t anyone learn from the Adam Walsh case? It only takes 1 minute.

      • LabGnome says:

        Most of the Walmarts in my area don’t have this. One time I found myself in a Walmart on that side of town and walked into a twilight zone. I was perusing the electronics and made a turn to the aisle with the TVs. I kid you not, at least 30 kids were just sitting there watching Toy Story 3. They were all dead silent. It was eery. Especially since I had seen maybe like 5 adults that were not employees in the entire store.

        I don’t like to conjecture but I have to wonder if they were using Walmart as babysitting while they went elsewhere.

    • HoJu says:

      There’s a good chance this kid was screaming and causing a scene well before the guy grabbed her.

    • LadySiren is murdering her kids with HFCS and processed cheese says:

      This +1000. My kids know not to leave my eyesight while in any store. They also know that if someone tries to do something like what’s shown in the video, they have free reign to kick, scream, claw, scratch, bite, or whatever it takes to get away. Heck, Mom will probably buy ‘em a pony afterwards.

      • Rachacha says:

        You might want to find a way to verify that your kids know. I thought my kids knew, but one day my kids were playing outside in the front yard. I stepped inside for a minute to grab something, and while I was gone, a car had pulled up, parked in the street and the driver was just sitting there. The driver rolled down the window to ask my kids a question (I had returned at this point, but did not intervene as I wanted to see what my kids would do. I could see the driver was alone, and my kids were still on the sidewalk about 5 feet away from the car, and the driver would have had to reach across the car and open the door, I had my cell phone out and 911 was already entered in, all I had to do was press “send”). Both of my kids failed, as they began approaching the car at which point I stopped the experiment and intervened to find out what the driver was doing. It turned out to be a non-issue, the driver was waiting for a neighbor, and was asking my kids if they knew if that was where “Bob” lived. I then sat down with the kids and reviewed the experience to reinforce what they should do.

  10. Lightweight says:

    I remember being taught to not just scream or yell “Help!”, as this is easily dismissed and ignored by bystandars as just a child having a tantrum. Instead, I was taught to yell “This man (or woman) is not my father (or mother)!” That get’s people’s attention.

    • birdieblue says:

      What asshole ignoramus ignores “help!” being screamed by a child? I would never. I’ve also never seen a tantruming child scream “help”. “Noooo!” and “I don’t want tooooo!” and “waaaaah” I wouldn’t give a second thought about, but “help” would automatically attract my attention and concern.

      • msbask says:

        Exactly. And the point is that the more commotion a kid makes, the more attention it draws. When it’s your kid having a tantrum, you’re embarassed and apologetic. If it’s not your kid, I imagine that 50 strangers staring at you is the LAST thing you want.

    • flarn2006 says:

      I remember once a long time ago my mom was taking me to have a blood test and I ran out of the doctor’s office. As she carried me back in, I yelled, “Help! I’m being kidnapped!” in case someone would try to “rescue” me. Nobody did, but maybe that was just because there wasn’t anyone else around.

  11. xanxer says:

    The kid was lucky she got away. This is a case of “Blame the Parent” for sure. Who in their right mind lets a 7 year old out of their sight in a shop?

    • Platypi {Redacted} says:

      Probably every parent that doesn’t use kid leashe has had a child wander off or stop to look at something before they notice it. Particularly if they have more than one child with them. Kids don’t always move in lockstep with their parent. They will decide that toy or picture or whatever is too cool not to stop for a sec, and then look up to realize their mom or dad has left the aisle they are in. The parent may be arguing with the other child about something, looking intently for a specific item, or just wearily looking to be done as fast as possible. This doesn’t mean some perv should just come up and help themselves to their child!

      This doesn’t excuse the parents that drop their kids in the toy section, go do their shopping, and come back to get them 20 minutes later…

      • Rachacha says:

        Bingo! As a parent of a 10 year old and an 8 year old this totally happens. I will be talking with one child who is hanging by my side and the other one will either be straggling a few feet behind or ahead of me. If the lone child sees something that interests them they may pause for a moment allowing me to move into one aisle while the kid is still in the next aisle over. 7 year olds are just starting to test their independence and as a parent, we need to let them do this while still monitoring them to make sure they are ok. Letting a 7 year old hang out ( or lag 30 steps behind mom) in the next aisle is not bad parenting.

        People without kids who are saying this is bad parenting need to remember that parents can usually hear and identify their child’s scream on the other side of a crowded room and can usually tell without looking at the child if the scream is because the child in injured themselves or if they are in some other trouble or danger. I remember being at a school assembly listening to my oldest play their instrument in the school band. My youngest was in another room playing with some friends. Over the music and through closed doors, we hear a scream, and my wife and I immediately know it is our child and that they injured themselves, even though no other parent heard the scream.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      I agree, parents are the reason we have child abductors.

      Down with Parents!!

  12. thrashanddestroy says:

    …she was totally asking for it! /blame-the-consumer-bad-taste-joke

    I don’t like kids, not one bit. Even so, if I saw something like this go down, I’d probably have a momentary lapse in judgement and beat someone within an inch of their life. Knowing this dude is out on manslaughter, that would probably not go so well for me.

  13. ancientone567 says:

    Bullet in the dudes head. Problem taken care of! Next!

  14. DubbaEwwTeeEff says:

    Lots of people are saying “make a commotion” and “start screaming” – the problem is that a kid doing that in public often looks like he’s just throwing a tantrum.

    When I was younger, I was taught to scream “YOU’RE NOT MY DADDY” or something to that effect in a situation like this. That at least lets people know that it’s not a parent grabbing you, and they’re more likely to intervene.

    • Karney says:

      or an adopted child throwing a temper tantrum

    • BluePlastic says:

      Yeah, it could just look like a rotten kid having a tantrum. I saw one of those TV shows where they get some actors to play out different scenarios in public places to see how people react. They had a kid (actor) screaming, “You’re not my dad!” to a man (actor), and only a couple of people out of everyone who saw the scene stopped the man and called police.

    • katarzyna says:

      I totally agree with you, but I know at least one clever child who would pull that stunt with her actual dad, just to get back at him for something.

  15. Cantras says:

    Thirding (so far as i saw) teaching them to yell “No, no, you’re not my dad, this is not my dad (or mom)” to differentiate from a tantrum.

    I was leashed as a kid because I wandered off. My brother was leashed as a kid because he was a goddamn ninja. If you’re against leashing, fine, but you need to find some other method to keep a kid in your grabbing range. I’m not one who thinks there’s a pedophile around every corner omg protect your children all the time constant vigilance, but a wandered-off kid could also be getting into trouble or doing something dangerous(like climbing shelves).

    Sometimes I want to get a roll of stickers that say something to the effect of “I got close enough to your kid to give it this sticker. Where were you?”

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I don’t know if I’d leash a 7-year-old, but I’ve seen some 2- and 3-year-olds take off like rockets. If I had one of those, you bet I’d leash him/her. I had to run out in a busy parking lot to catch someone’s kid once because they looked away for a few seconds and the little bugger took off. When I took him back, the parents looked like THEY needed a diaper. They were like “OH MY GOD THANK YOU!”

      I didn’t yell at them because I remember my sister doing it in the street when we were really tiny. I always wondered why the little legs developed before kids had a clue where they were going, LOL.

      • veritybrown says:

        I had to leash my oldest when he was a toddler/preschooler, because he had severe ADHD and would take off like a rocket with radar toward whatever was the most dangerous thing in the area, and without the slightest concern about being “lost” from Mom and Dad. My younger two kids never needed the leash. My other son never ran off, and my daughter, if she took off, would be back a moment later to make sure I was still there.

        People who have a fit over children on leashes…well, let’s just say that I hope karma bestows on them the “gift” of a child who needs one. My sister-in-law was always very pissy about our oldest’s wild behavior. She finally married and started having kids of her own, and when her preschool-age son was running around wild at great-granny’s funeral, I had to exercise tremendous self-control not to laugh at her distress about her inability to control him. Ditto with some college friends of ours–they were always critical about our oldest’s behavior, and now they are dealing with their youngest son’s ADHD/autism spectrum issues. Everything looks easy until you try it.

    • missminimonster says:

      My son is two months old and I have already bought a “leash” to use when he’s bigger. I know it’s one of those issues where everyone has an opinion (and usually a strong opinion) but I’m not taking any chances.

  16. Worstdaysinceyesterday says:

    I find it interesting that some people are saying that there were taught to scream “you are not my mommy/daddy”. I have to guess they are younger than I am. While there were always lessons about ‘stranger danger’, it was usually accompanied by the advice of don’t fight back; that just makes them mad and want to hurt you more – better to be alive and damaged than dead. I always found that stoopy. Glad to hear messages might have changed.

  17. MonkeyMonk says:

    Guy’s an idiot. Everyone knows you first need to lure them out to the parking lot with promises of lollypops.

  18. Tyanna says:

    Call me jaded, but hearing a child screaming bloody murder in Walmart is par for the course at my local Walmart.

    Seeing kids kicking and screaming as parents try to pull them from the toy aisle is also pretty normal…..

  19. dickgrogan says:

    If you want to be even more proactive, tell your kids to kick and scream at the sign of a stache like that.

  20. Not Given says:

    Yelling “You’re a stranger” over and over seems like a good idea.

  21. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    This little girl wasn’t so lucky. Kidnapped from a Walmart and killed:

    http://www.ktsm.com/news/el-paso-killer-stays-on-death-row

  22. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    Note that Walmart was suspicious and had him under surveillance before the kidnap attempt.

  23. dadelus says:

    What sucks from my point of view is when kids do something like this at odd moments. I regularly take my niece and nephew out to the local kids arcade, park, or other kid friendly areas to hang out and have a good time. Sooner or later they interact with another adult and will ask for something and since I’m hanging out with them the other adult will inevitably point to me and say “Ask your dad first.” to which they (quite honestly) respond. “He’s not my dad.”

    That response never fails to earn me a VEEEEEEERY suspicious look.

    Depending on my mood, I either explain I’m giving my sister an afternoon/evening off or, if I’m feeling like talking to the police, I just give them a creepy grin. :)

    • bhr says:

      a friend of mine has a couple stepkiddies, one of whom HATES him (real dad is a bum, but very good at hiding it from the kids). She has pulled the “Not my father” routine on him enough that he has some experience, and I stole a piece of advise from him for my own goddaughter. He has pictures, both in his wallet and phone, of the kids, with him. It’s easy to whip out a picture of you and the kid at their birthday party, or w/e, to prove that you know the kid. Additionally, he keeps a copy of some of their vital docs in his car, again to prove he knows them.

      I know it seems like overkill, but I guess after 2-3 times being questioned by police he just decided to be proactive.

  24. dadelus says:

    What sucks from my point of view is when kids do something like this at odd moments. I regularly take my niece and nephew out to the local kids arcade, park, or other kid friendly areas to hang out and have a good time. Sooner or later they interact with another adult and will ask for something and since I’m hanging out with them the other adult will inevitably point to me and say “Ask your dad first.” to which they (quite honestly) respond. “He’s not my dad.”

    That response never fails to earn me a VEEEEEEERY suspicious look.

    Depending on my mood, I either explain I’m giving my sister an afternoon/evening off or, if I’m feeling like talking to the police, I just give them a creepy grin. :)

  25. shinazzle23 says:

    0.00000016% of Children are abducted in the United States EVERYDAY!

  26. Liam Kinkaid says:

    “I can’t be the only one whose mother used tales of in-store child abductions”

    Lucky. My mom told me the devil lived in the toilet. I guess it was to get me to hurry up when using the restroom. Instead, it made me afraid of the toilet.

  27. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Unless you can demonstrate a true mental illness diminshing your capacity, I have no sympathy for these people.

  28. MacUser1986 says:

    Poor little girl, she’s lucky.

  29. HogwartsProfessor says:

    This video scares me and I don’t even have kids. It also makes me shiver, as I typically ignore kids screaming in Walmart. Now I will be compelled to take a look in case the child can’t get away.

  30. kataisa says:

    The media once again does its part to instill fear and distrust in Americans’ hearts.

    Child kidnappings are rare but this video will get 10000000x replays in the news, which will warp people’s perception into thinking that pedophiles, kidnappers, rapists, and murderers are lurking everywhere, waiting to pounce on you and your family.

  31. byrooooo says:

    this is EXACTLY why i dont shop at walmart. i dont wish to be a 24 year old kidnapee ;-)

  32. IrwinJacobs says:

    That’s okay. Even if she hadn’t screamed the guy would have been caught when the greeter asked to see his receipt.

  33. trencherman says:

    My sister kept her daughter on a leash when out shopping, or in airports, etc. While it got her a few strange looks, it did keep her daughter close. My niece doesn’t resent my sister for it, although she may not remember.

  34. brinks says:

    When I was out with my mom as a kid, I had to stay approximately two feet away from her or she would freak out. That would have never happened to me.

    However, I threw temper tantrums like that with my dad sometimes. As if that kind of behavior isn’t embarrassing enough, I made the poor guy look like a kidnapper on top of it.

    I believe *I* am the reason I don’t want kids.

  35. some.nerd says:

    …aaaaaand this is reason #4,875,476 that my daughter will never leave my sight when we’re out in public. Scary.

  36. El_Fez says:

    Man, having kids just baffles me in the first place. I cant imagine being so desperate for one that you would do jail time to get one! Some people are just weird.

  37. Promethean Sky says:

    Everyone is ‘blame the parents’ and ‘I’m not having kids’ and making this a big scary thing. Bull!

    This is a shining example of how kids are pretty good at taking care of themselves. Show them how to handle the unlikely, but if you try to protect them all the time, you wreck em. Kudos for responsible parenting! Kudos to the kid for kicking some ass. And kudos to the cops for promptly nabbing this sonofabitch.

    *further ranting, feel free to ignore* I practically had total free reign at that age. I often didn’t even mention when I would leave the house (don’t blame my parents, my mother was often bedridden–she got better). Built forts in the woods, would play at the abandoned concrete factory down the road, raced in stripped down stolen grocery carts, treated my own injuries when I wrecked those carts, etc… None of that great stuff would have been possible with parents as paranoid as the ones nowadays. Life has never been as great as it was then. We shouldn’t deprive kids of that.

  38. HalOfBorg says:

    Too bad the kid didn’t get his nuts as a gift for the cops. Or at least some DNA.

  39. FrankReality says:

    While the problem is primarily the kidnapper, where or where are the freaking parents? Child protective services should be having a stern discussion with the parents in this case.

    Unfortunately, in my community, you can go into a Wal-Mart at just about any time including early morning hours to see kids playing in the toy section unsupervised while their parents are clear across the other end of the store. My son was a assistant manager and saw this daily, another friend works overnight stocking there and he sees it daily.

    I’m surprised there aren’t more incidents like this.

    I’m hoping that coverage of the story doesn’t encourage other twisted kidnappers or child predators to copycat this.

  40. joako says:

    Now the parents should be arrested for neglect.

  41. bitplayer says:

    My father would tell me nobody else wanted me. Good times!

  42. moore850 says:

    Maybe you all don’t realize just how lucky this kid is. If you are a regular Wal-mart customer, you have seen the tantruming kid being dragged out of the store a bunch of times. Would any of us have honestly recognized this as a true, scary kidnapping versus just another brat kid getting hauled out of the store?