A distraught mother has spoken of her horror after her five-year-old son managed to escape and was found at the side of a busy Bolton road.Every parent's nightmare!
The mother-of-three explained that her son, who was dressed in his pyjamas when she last saw him had said that he was going to bed around 4pm.
She said: "I was trying to settle my baby who is three months old and he said he was tired and so wanted to go to bed.
"He had put his television on in his room and put his teddies in his bed to make it look like he was in there so I had absolutely no idea that he wasn't there when I walked past."Eh..? That sounds more like the sort of routine you'd expect in a prison wing, doesn't it?
As officers searched the Hall i' th’ Wood estate to try to reunite the pair, the mother was unaware of what was unfolding outside.
She explained: "I noticed that I had about 30 missed calls on my phone and it was my friend checking that my son was in the house because there were a lot of police on the estate and he has tried to escape before."*boggle*
The story was reported by The Bolton News on Sunday and the mother was left distraught by comments from other readers.Hmmm, I'll just bet! The truth hurts.
She said: "It's really hard bringing up three children on your own and I know that's not an excuse."Correct. It isn't. So why bring it up?
"Bad things do happen but you never think that they will happen to you. I have been so upset reading what people have been saying about me being a bad mother. I was up all night crying."
The mother said that she will be changing the hiding place for her keys to make it harder for the little boy to escape in future.I suppose keeping more of an eye on him in the future isn't going to be an option?
She added: "He might be five but he's got developmental and behavioural problems and he needs help.
"I'm hoping now that he can gets the help that he needs."Has he got these? Or has he just got a useless, incompetent parent?
A spokesman for the police said that their family and social services department were looking in to the circumstances as to how the incident happened.I think we all know how, don't we?