Driver Spots Baby Crawling on All Fours in Busy Road After Thinking It Was Just a Toy


Before my wife and I had children, I’d often find myself a somewhat snooty attitude toward other peoples’ kids. “Well, I know my offspring will never act like THAT,” I found myself thinking.

Of course, with the arrival of my three delightful bundles of chaos, I now know better. Kids have a way of exposing your own inadequacies.

Also, they’re simply little people with their own little minds. And sometimes those minds tell them to do things that make us shriek in horror.

According to WXIN, Corey Cannon was driving to work on Sept. 22 when he noticed something odd. It was about 6 p.m. and Cannon saw what looked like a life-size baby doll in the middle of the road.

Yet when the doll started to move, the New Jersey resident realized the truth: It wasn’t a doll at all, but a baby — and that baby had just crawled across the middle of a residential street.

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“I thought it was a toy or something until (the baby) moved,” he told the Asbury Park Press. “I knew I needed to get some sort of proof, and my GPS was open on my phone, so I used my work vehicle to slow down traffic behind me and took the pic as I was exiting the vehicle and halting oncoming cars.

“I believe (the baby) crawled right out of the front door.” Cannon removed the child from the road, called local police and cared for the infant until authorities arrived.

About that time, a neighbor showed up and took the baby back home. WPIX reported that the parents didn’t know the child had escaped until the neighbor knocked on their door.

Do you think this was just a simple parenting mistake?

Police later said that the baby’s grand escape might’ve happened thanks to the “help” of a sibling. The parents claimed that another child had left the door open.

Nearby resident Mary Bauer said, “It’s horrible, and it’s not the parents’ fault because babies do climb out of cribs.” Cannon, though, wasn’t so sure.

He posted the pictures of the infant in the middle of the street on Facebook. “Parenting at its absolute worst,” he wrote.

“I thought about my baby girl and wanted to whip this dude’s a– for being so negligent. Some people don’t deserve to have kids.”

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Many of the commenters agreed with him. Some even said that the parents should have immediately lost custody and that Cannon ought to have taken the baby immediately to child protective services.

Apparently, child welfare workers have contacted the family. “Anytime you have a child that’s endangered, they get involved to make sure the child is safe,” Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles said.

However, police did not make any arrests. Neighbors maintain that the parents simply made a mistake.

What do you think? Is this a clear case of terrible parenting or an amazing convergence of mishaps?

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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