Skip to comments.Ohio dad criticizes arrest after son skips church, found in nearby store
Posted on 06/27/2014 12:52:11 PM PDT by WhiskeyX
An Ohio dad lost his job at McDonald's and may face jail after he reportedly believed his son got on a church van Sunday, but instead, the boy popped up at a nearby Family Dollar store.
Williamson was arrested at the scene and could be charged with child endangerment, the report said.
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It made TROUBLE with the gummint that he avoided church..?
That means they’re white.
Wait, so his child snuck off and he is charged with intentionally endangering the child? Wouldn’t it also be child abuse if he kept the kid on a leash so the kid couldn’t ever slip away?
Yeah, this was in Wyoming where criminals were hanged rather than coddled.
LOL how'd you guess?
G*d d@nm pussy @$
Do we really have to bang someone’s head against the concrete for every little infraction nowadays? Hell early pioneer settlers would have been charged with cruel and unusual punishment for making their sons help on the farm, the SPCA would have charged the same for slaughtering a hog to feed the family, the EPA would have fined the family for not getting the proper permits to dig a well, they would have been charged with a hate crime for shooting at Indians trying to rustle their cattle, etc....common sense and context has been thrown our the windows and they have got he citzen’s pea brains exactly where they want them; that citizen’s shall not question their overlords, that their overlords are always right, and that we should be expected to pay the overlords a pennancd every time we commit an infraction because we deserve it...
That’s ridiculous. This sort of thing happens to the best of parents at times.
I ran off, a few blocks down the street, as a little boy (no fault of my mom) and when she saw I was gone, she instantly prayed. As a result, two angels brought me back to her, as she was standing out I’m front of the house.
When I was a kid I could leave the house and play all day. My mother didn’t know where I was. That was “child endangerment”???
Cop should be fired for lack of judgement and wasting public resources.
I hate to think of the potential legal bills this family can’t afford to rack up if the judge that hears this case turns out to be a dumb authoritarian like the cop.
When my kids were growing up, they were definitely walking to school at that age.
Give em hell:
Blanchester Police Department
Chief of Police
318 E Main St
Blanchester, Ohio 45107
Me too. But that was then, and this is now. Then, there were neighbors who knew you and were at home and could report your whereabouts, or if you were injured.
We live in anonymous neighborhoods now.
Oh, this is just nuts.
(The kid should have known his address. 8 years old!)
When I was about 10, my parents would give me a quarter and I would walk several blocks, pick up a friend, and then continue to downtown and attend the Saturday morning matinees. One day, my friend and I discovered that if we just stayed in the theater after the morning films were done, we could watch the double feature, newsreels, and all the short subjects and cartoons for free. We did that one day and didn’t get out until 4 PM. Our walk home got us back to our neighborhood about 5.
My parents were beginning to worry, but not enough to call the police because they would never dream of bothering the police to look for a couple of little girls.
It’s the correct PD ^. If there are other circumstances or prior history that is unknown they better make public announcement fast because it’s not looking good for them at this time,
Hell when I was 5 years old had to walk a 1/2 mile to kindergarten
The route included crossing a busy street and railroad tracks
Parents taught me what to do ...........
Well, there’s a point. Every mom on the street stayed at home and they all kept their eyes on us.
When I was seven my friend and I would ride our bikes for miles up and down alleys searching for treasure. We would be gone for hours and no one would panic, that was called NORMAL.
“The kid should have known his address. 8 years old!”
[Chuckle], he did know his address. He was just trying to not get into trouble at home for sneaking off like that. Didn’t work....
When my youngest son lived in Monroeville, AL, his 8-year-boy and sleep-over buddy snuck out the bedroom window around midnight. The cops found 'em shining flashlights into downtown stores "looking for criminals" and brought 'em back.
Next day, some Child Endangerment came over to check things out, and my boy told him what happened. The guy says "You ABANDONED your child and let him roam about at midnight. We could take your child." My boy almost struck the guy down but instead replied, "I put him to bed IN HIS FRIGGING BEDROOM!". The guy harrumphed and left.
My boy's wife went ape, thinking she would lose the kid. Luckily, she was on good terms with the mayor's wife, told her what happened, and never heard another word. Nevertheless, they bailed from AL in a few months.
Oh, that makes sense.
I had a nice middle-aged lady deputy turn up at my door one morning with my 4-year-old son. “He says his name is Frank, and he lives here!” Frank had a crush on a little girl up the street, and he’d gone looking for her, but couldn’t remember where she lived.
He was knocking on doors (on the wrong side of the street). “Does Maggie live here?”
I’ll say. I guess I was darn lucky to have never been caught!
So how long was Frank in jail for stalking?
As a REAL little kid - perhaps 4 or 5, I would sneak over to the old couple’s house through the hedge in our backyard on Sunday mornings to try to get out of going to church. I think it was pancakes that I really liked at their house!
Fortunately, we’re friends with Maggie’s parents and grandmother. They let him come over and gaze at Maggie (who is a year older, and blonde) from time to time, plus he sees her at the playground and the gym nursery.
I used to go hang out with adult neighbors, too, when I was a kid. One of my daughters, now 14, often went to play dominoes with an elderly neighbor’s church group, when they were short a player. She would just call on Sunday and say, “Can Sally come to dominoes? Pack a lunch!”
The kid knew he was supposed to be at church so he lied so he wouldn’t get in trouble. When you are little you will lie to bullies!
There’s really too much government interference in private life. Hey, you know, I get it, if something dreadful had happened to this child then MAYBE some charges might be in order.
But, we really can’t turn every screw up or momentarily lapse of judgment into a criminal infraction. Just like we can’t keep ostracizing people or chasing them out of their jobs because they said something stupid. These are things that every single person on earth is guilty of at one time or another.
I just don’t know what to do about all this, it’s starting to seem overwhelming.
And what happened in MS shows how those in power will stop at nothing to hold on to it.
So, I’m feeling a bit depressed about the state of our nation because I feel like truly we are on the road to fascism.
An eight year old is perfectly capable of pretending he doesn’t know his address because being taken home by a cop means the jig is up.
I bet like anything he just wanted this cop to go away so I can get home before the bus does.
“We live in anonymous neighborhoods now.”
Well, that wasn’t true in this case. Another customer at the store knew who the kid was and where he lived.
I’m pretty sure the kid knows his address perfectly well, but I’m guessing he knew he’d be in trouble for having cut church.
Imagine how guilty this poor kid probably feels now.
The kid should have known his address, phone number, and where his dad worked and his dad’s work number. Or at the very least which McDonalds his dad worked at.
I also have to agree with other FReepers in that at 8 years old we ran around the neighborhood all day and our parents did not know where we were at every minute. Only thing we were told was to be back at dinner time.