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Mon Aug 10, 2015, 07:11 PM

 

Family forgets 3-year-old at rest stop and drives 93 miles, don't notice until they hear alert

93 miles is about 1.5 to 2 hours of driving. and they didn't realize toddle was missing all that time

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These forgetful French parents left a rest stop with everything but their 3-year-old daughter on a road trip to the French Riviera.

The toddler’s unidentified parents drove 93 miles of open road Sunday before they realized their daughter was missing, police told AFP.

“The family had passed Aix-en-Provence and were going towards Saint-Raphael and none of them had noticed she wasn’t there,” the officer said.


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The lost little girl was useless in helping police find her family. <--- kinda judgmental statement

She told police she was going to the beach, had a brother and sister, and saw her daddy’s car pull away.

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Authorities broadcast an alert on the radio, hoping to reach the child’s unmindful parents.

The family finally heard the message 45 minutes after their daughter was found. The father called the police at 3 p.m. and quickly turned around to retrieve his daughter.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/3-year-old-left-rest-stop-family-vacation-article-1.2320903

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Reply Family forgets 3-year-old at rest stop and drives 93 miles, don't notice until they hear alert (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 OP
kairos12 Aug 2015 #1
Codeine Aug 2015 #3
Orrex Aug 2015 #12
riversedge Aug 2015 #2
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 #4
dem in texas Aug 2015 #5
Egnever Aug 2015 #9
Logical Aug 2015 #11
Egnever Aug 2015 #13
Logical Aug 2015 #15
Logical Aug 2015 #10
Historic NY Aug 2015 #6
SheilaT Aug 2015 #7
laundry_queen Aug 2015 #14
Logical Aug 2015 #8
FourScore Aug 2015 #17
hunter Aug 2015 #16
LisaL Aug 2015 #18
Hekate Aug 2015 #19
underahedgerow Aug 2015 #20

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 07:14 PM

1. Parents must have thought their daughter was The Stranger.

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Response to kairos12 (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 07:23 PM

3. As I recall, that ended badly.

 

*Full disclosure; everything I know about The Stranger I learned from Robert Smith.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 09:33 PM

12. Hey! Spoiler alert!

I loved it in the early 90s when that song was criticized for being "anti-Arab."

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 07:15 PM

2. um.. this article has to be translated. Not a good job.

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Response to riversedge (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 07:24 PM

4. better source here

 

Family leave toddler nearly 100 miles behind after 'forgetting her' while going on holiday



A French family drove almost a hundred miles before realising they had left their toddler behind in a motorway layby as they went on holiday, it has been reported.

The family were on their way to the French Riviera when they stopped off for a rest at a service station, The Guardian reported.

After driving off more than 150km (93 miles) the parents heard an appeal on the car radio for parents of a missing child and suddenly realised their error.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/family-leave-toddler-nearly-100-miles-behind-after-forgetting-to-take-her-on-holiday-10447884.html

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 07:33 PM

5. I came from large family and this happened to us more than once.

We never got far away before we discovered that one was missing, thank goodness. My mother used to take us to the State of Texas each year, she'd invite all the neighbor kids to go along, usually had a another mother to help look after everyone, but my little sister always got lost at the fair. She was the one who liked to wander off, looking at things. We still tease her about this.


We had friends who had a large family too and they were on their way to Anchorage, Alaska, driving up the Alaska highway and let one of their kids at a rest stop. Didn't miss him, but the Mounted Police stopped them to tell them they'd left their son about 100 miles back.

That was a long time ago, I would be so afraid if I left a child alone now, so much more evil in the world.

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Response to dem in texas (Reply #5)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 09:25 PM

9. I think the idea there is so much more evil in the world is not true

 

The difference between now and then is that the evil is reported non stop while the actual crime rates have been falling for decades now. Ignorance is bliss as they say and back in the old days we were mostly ignorant of what was going on not that it wasn't happening.

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Response to Egnever (Reply #9)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 09:31 PM

11. Only about 100 kids are "kidnapped" a year. Not the worry people make of it. nt

 

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Response to Logical (Reply #11)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 09:35 PM

13. I am sure that is true as well

 

I would be willing to bet that the incidence rate has also gone down over the years not up.

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Response to Egnever (Reply #13)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 09:55 PM

15. True, and drownings are in the 1000s. Nt

 

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Response to dem in texas (Reply #5)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 09:28 PM

10. I am not sure child kidnappings are really much worse than years ago........

 

99.8% of the children who go missing do come home.
Nearly 90% of missing children have simply misunderstood directions or miscommunicated their plans, are lost, or have run away.
9% are kidnapped by a family member in a custody dispute.
3% are abducted by non-family members, usually during the commission of a crime such as robbery or sexual assault. The kidnapper is often someone the child knows.
Only about 100 children (a fraction of 1%) are kidnapped each year in the stereotypical stranger abductions you hear about in the news.
About half of these 100 children come home.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 08:01 PM

6. Didn't they make a movie about ...

oh never mind.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 09:20 PM

7. A lot of three year olds

 

wouldn't be very helpful finding parents, especially in a scenario like this.

Neither of my two sons could have given police useful information at that age, and if they were on a trip, the little one probably has only a vague idea of where they are going. She's not going to know the license of the car, and probably couldn't say what kind it is, other than maybe the color.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 09:54 PM

14. My kids would've been useless...as I actually WAS at that age

I wandered away from home when my teenage aunt was babysitting me and told me I could go play outside (unfenced yard - hooooboy, did my mom resent her for that!) I wandered around the neighborhood, always aware of where my house was supposed to be. When I started walking home though, I got tired and hungry so sat on the curb to rest. Then a thunderstorm came up. As it started raining and thundering and lightning (oh how I was scared of thunderstorms!), I started crying. I was certain I knew where my house was, but I was just frozen with fear. Some stranger came up to me and asked me if I was lost and where I lived. I got in the car with him (!!) and he drove around for a bit. He kept asking me questions like, "what color is your house? What color is your parent's car? Are there trees in front of your house?" trying to figure out where I lived. I couldn't answer ANYTHING...and I was a VERY articulate 3 year old, I had been speaking in full sentences since I was 1. I remember just being SO scared of what would happen to me because I knew I wasn't supposed to get in that car, but I felt like I had no choice...and so I couldn't put my thoughts into words because I was so traumatized. Luckily the guy who picked me up was a 'good guy' ...and when he saw a very pregnant, soaking wet crazy lady running around the neighborhood he stopped and handed me back to my mom. Let's just say I wasn't much help for that poor guy.

My kids hardly spoke at all until they were 3. They would've been even less help.

But as for those parents...WTF? If I was so absentminded as to forget my 3 year old, I would've noticed after 2 minutes when it was wayyyyy too quiet, LOL. But I had really rambunctious 3 year olds. Let me just say the 'terrible twos' had NOTHING on the threes.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 09:24 PM

8. Idiots. nt

 

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Response to Logical (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 11:15 PM

17. I agree. n/t

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 10:50 PM

16. Me and my siblings were escape artists from an early age.

I was terrified my kids would be the same, and they were, but they never got that far away from us until their later teens, although one of my kids as a toddler once dashed into a hospital elevator just as the door closed, forcing me to race down the stairs in hot pursuit.

Our youngest, in my family tradition, once vanished in Boston, but not more than ten terrifying minutes.

Oh, and Washington D.C, as a younger teen... that was longer, but less than an hour.



One of my brothers lost himself when he was four years old and was picked up by the county sheriff. My brother was standing alongside the highway thumb up trying to hitch a ride. My brother is still like that sometimes.

Another sibling of mine was supposedly staying with a friend in San Francisco when she and her fifteen and sixteen year old friends decided to go on an impromptu road trip to Canada. Canada wisely did not let them enter, but my sister and her friends took a few pictures of themselves flirting with the cute Canadian border guards. My sister was showing me the photos when my mom unexpectedly stepped in, saw one of the Canadian border photos of my sister, and a quarter of my mom's hair turned gray instantly, just then.

My great aunt got herself lost in San Francisco a couple of weeks after the Great Earthquake. She recalled she had a marvelous time, playing with the "colored" kids, in her words, until the adults notified the police who returned her home. I don't think my great aunt's mom, my great grandma, ever forgave her for that

My grandma, born after the earthquake, was the "good girl" of the family and my great aunt was the "bad girl" after that.

"Bad girl" great aunt had many fine stories of her adventures and lived well past a century, outliving her "good girl" sister by thirty years. Perhaps it's true only the good die young?

My own dear mother still doesn't know some of my own stories, but then again, I don't know some of hers.



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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 11:40 PM

18. Do these people know how to count to 3?

Considering they have 3 children, not 30.
How someone can be so absent minded that they didn't notice 3 year old is not in the car is beyond my understanding.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 12:17 AM

19. It's not "judgmental" to say a toddler is useless in finding her parents. My brother...

...wandered away when he was about that age. The police quizzed him, and according to Joe he had no last name, his mother's name was Mommy, his father's name was Daddy, and our house was painted black.

I think it was after that harrowing episode that our mother got us our little ID bracelets with our first and last names and our street address engraved on them.

I ordered two metal dog tags from Hartz for my daughter, one with our info on it, and another with my parents' info for when we were visiting. I still have them on the blue ribbon she wore.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #19)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 12:27 AM

20. I was mindful of this sort of thing... and taught kidlet some basic things very early,

such as my whole real name (not just Momma, Momma, Momma, Momma), our address... the color of our apartment building, the names of our friends and things like that. I made a game of it.

She's never got lost yet, and travels the world on her own, and even living on her own since she was 16, with me helicoptering nearby for the first couple years of course. Smart kid and very independent. At 18 she moved to Paris and at 21 moved to Los Angeles.... she's a vagabond like me, looking for her next adventure.

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