I wanted to share an incident that happened to me over the weekend and has sparked my concern.

My family and I went to the mall in Muskogee to shop. My husband and daughter went in first. As my son and I walked inside, I spotted a small child, probably just a year old, wandering alone.

She looked as if she was lost. I guess it was my mothering instincts that kept me standing there.

I watched as she went from Famous Footwear to Sears.

A male mall-walker walking behind her also was watching her. At first, I thought she was with him, but I soon figured out he was doing the same thing I was.

I just knew a frantic mother would be screaming for her soon.

The gentleman and I went store to store and person to person asking if anyone knew her, but no one did. So I picked her up and took her to the center of the mall and held her.

Finally, a woman came from a store looking around. I knew it had to be her little girl. She took her, said thank you and went back to shopping.

I couldn’t believe it. I had been terrified for the child. She was beautiful and sweet. Anyone could have taken her and walked out and no one would have even noticed. I know that we had her for at least 10 minutes. I don’t know how long she had been wandering around before that. My daughter is probably a little older than she was, and when I saw my husband pushing her in the stroller, I couldn’t imagine ever losing her. I know toddlers are quick, and they will get away fast if you’re not watching.

I also know that children are a full-time job and the most precious gifts from God. Please cherish and take care of them. They are so innocent, and it is our jobs as parents to make sure they are kept safe.

Amanda Allen


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