Now imagine the simple act of turning away long enough to pick up a can of some thing and turning back - lets say ten seconds, or even half a minute...and they are gone - and in a noisy store like Walmart - there's no way you're going to hear them.
Oh I hear what you're saying. But when I was growing up it was impressed upon me that if you are going to leave the group, or the parent, you tell them where you're going. If you left and didn't inform where you were going...there was hell to pay.
Perhaps that's what happened here? Perhaps the girl told her mom she would be on the other isle...but it came across as the child just leaving.
Or the little girl lingered ...or just kept walking when mama stopped to look at something?
My kids know to ask if they can go look at something...and like I said, I generally take an extra pair of eyes, whether family or friends.
You also have to educate your children not to go with anyone whether it is a person trying to get them out of the store or saying they will help them find mama.
Mine know that if they do get separated from me or our group to find an employee of the store. Do not go out the door with anyone but me or the other adult with us (like I said, usually family). And if that person tries to get you to go out the door, refuse to do it. Scream, throw a fit, whatever it takes to get attention.
Even if people think it's just a kid pitching a fit, they will look. And most kidnappers do not want the attention.
Edited by trikay, 05 June 2006 - 06:16 PM.