Received Wednesday, June 6, 2007
This case of neglect occured this afternoon (6/6) at around 3-4 pm. Caucasian boy, short brown hair, wearing striped shirt and gray (?) soft/jog pants, pacifier in his mouth. Walked pretty well, younger than 2 for sure and perhaps closer to 18 months. Nanny is black, 20s-30s, pretty slim, shoulder length wavy hair, wearing black leggings with lace at the ankle, a large white Tshirt and white sneakers with black laces. Stroller was black double Urban Mountain Buggy.
The child was playing in the water fountain and nearby puddle for 30-40 minutes, near the exit of the playground, without any interaction with the nanny, who was seated on a bench under the shade trees about 20 yards away. He was completely soaked. He kept looking around for someone but we could not connect him with anyone. After a while, those of us in the playground noticed that this really young kid seemed to be completely unattended. We began to exchange wondering glances and then to ask whether anyone knew who this kid was with. He was close to the entrance gate, which was open. To be blunt, any one of us could have taken him, or he could simply have wandered out. He could have fallen off the concrete step without the help of total strangers. She did not help him or pay any attention to him during this half hour. I took pictures of him, including a closeup, and she didn't notice. We were deciding what to do when eventually she came over from the far corner of the playground, changed his clothes and put him in the stroller before just sitting in the shade for another hour or so.
If you believe this to be your child, I have a photograph of him and a photograph of his nanny. If you think this might be your kid, send Jane Doe an email and she will forward it on to me. I have provided my email address to her.