Family of Runaway Toddler Floored by Police Reaction (WATCH)

travis pierceI cannot get over how great this story is. We hear tales all the time of police brutality and of families being torn apart -- it's become common. What we don't hear so much these days are the stories of the good cops out there who go WAY above and beyond the call of duty in the name of doing what's right. That's what one awesome police officer in Kansas did for one family, and it's kind of too great to be believed.

Lt. Travis Pierce responded to a terrifying call. A toddler had escaped from his home and was running down the busy highway. Pierce scooped up the tyke not long before his TOTALLY FRANTIC (and who can blame her?) mother showed up. The woman was in total hysterics -- her kid is a known escape artist. The cop could have called child protective services or given her a stern lecture -- but he did something that wasn't just nicer, but something that was actually HELPFUL. 

After calming down the poor mom, he helped the family buy a new set of locks and then he even went so far as to install them! I know the cliched old saying is "all in a day's work," but installing locks at a family's house probably wasn't how Pierce thought he'd be spending a portion of his day. But I bet it meant the world to this family, I mean, heck, it meant the world to me and I do not know this family from Adam. 

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It wasn't just his actions that showed what a decent guy Pierce is -- it was the thoughts behind them. As a father himself, he knows exactly how much trouble kids can get into. He also knows how overwhelming being a parent can be. His sympathy toward the mom in this situation gave him the perfect amount of insight, and he used that insight to fix the problem rather than creating a bigger one by snatching away this poor woman's kid for no reason. 

Have you ever had to call the police for an embarrassing reason? Once my brother handcuffed himself accidentally to his bedroom door -- that was fun. 

 

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Glenda Ballengee

This reminds me of how things would have happened 40 years ago, it wasn't like call CPS everytime something like this happens, because children will test their boundries in so many ways, and the fact that this officier took it upon himself to ensure child safety is good policing and public service. Getting people introuble only compounds situations and causes a lot of heartache, I too realize that a bigger heartache would have come if something devistating would have happened to the child.

Emma Graham

I  had to install a hotel lock and a chime on my door when my son was three because he would try to escape whenever I went to the bathroom or if he woke up before I did. He thought it was funny to go out in the yard by himself.

Em Chappell-Root

Called the cops once, our oldest was asleep in his toddler bed, about 2 years old, and I went to check on him, he was fine. My husband checked on him 30 minutes later, and he was GONE. We tore the house apart, dumped out the hamper and laundry baskets, all the windows and doors were locked, we didn't know how he could have gotten out, but when we didn't find him in 5 minutes, we called the police. As they walked in the door, my husband literally FLIPPED our mattress over in fear and rage, like picked it up and threw it. And from between our fitted sheet and our mattress, literally between the mattress and bed frame laying on the box spring, our oldest child popped out. We all just stood there stunned, he woke up crying, I was crying, the cops were like, "That's a new one, normally they're between the mattress and the wall, not the bed frame and the mattress."  

Charl... Charlyla2

I have a son who uses whatever he can find to climb up and unlock the gate in our yard. He goes to his grandpa's house, across the field. Luckily we live on 80 acres in the country. He doesn't get far but he has scared the poo out of us a few times. When I was a kid I would let me brothers out of the front door or the dining room window of our apartment. Near a highway. Yeah, my mom never stops reminding me I have Karma coming for that.

Rooobeee Rooobeee

Both my son and my daughter were escape artists when they were toddlers. With my son, I used to live in a motel room with my dad. My little boy would always walk out the door when it was opened. At one point, he almost got hit by a car, but fortunately someone else saw him and saved him. Of course, she did scold me for not keeping an eye on him. And I know I deserved it.



With my daughter, DH and I lived in an upstairs apartment. Somehow, this little girl had figured out how to unlock and open the door. DH's favorite story is how he woke up from a nap in the living room just in time to see 2yo DD opening up the door. She even told him good bye before he raced off the couch and grabbed her. We later installed a bolt lock up and out of her reach.

lynked lynked

I had an escape artist like this about 47 years ago.  LOL.  We found him two doors down at 9:00 at night talking to a man in a strange car.  I though my husband was going to beat him to death because he was so terrified of what could have happened to him.  Our solutions...we nailed that window SHUT.  He never escaped again and he is now a very responsible father of 3 boys.  I hope they give him the grief he gave us.  LOL.  Seriously, I hope that officer got a commendation. He sure deserves it in my opinion.


 


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Railr... RailroadGirl

My youngest was an escape artist. We lived at the same appts. as my mom and dad and just about everyday I would get a call that he was over there. He was the only one of my 3 that would do that.

mommy... mommy2adandykid

this is weird to me.  i don't understand how so many people's kids are 'escape artists'.  what are you doing?  you seriously don't hear them get up in the middle of the night?  you seriously don't lock your doors?  a little rediculous if you ask me.  sounds like you have more 'important' things to worry about than your kids being safe in your house smh

short... shortyali

We had to put a door chain on the door high up because my oldest knew how to unlock the doors at 2. My husband woke up one morning to find him on our neighbors porch. We went that night and bought chain locks and put them on all of our doors about a foot from the top of the door. Had to make them high enough that he couldn't pull a chair or stool over to unlock them.

nonmember avatar sj

Our 2 year old has needed the front door locked for months, we've now had to take the key out and hang it in another room because he can unlock the door too. Luckily we've a house full do he's never got further than the doorstep before being seen! Eyes in the back of your head with him.

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