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Neighbors, who told local media they didn’t want to be named, said the ire that the online commentariat has directed at the family is unfair.

“It’s devastating what people are saying on social media,” the neighbor said,

 

I think so too and believe some of the negativity is a gut reaction to fear and so must blame.  This entire family has now experienced the same thing all parents do.  Children are surprisingly faster than we are.  THIS one will escape if possible.  Lessons learned.

 

That was me.  My earliest memory at 18 months old.  Walking across the street in the early am - the rocks on my bare feet were a bother, but I pressed forward to the neighbor/babysitters home, knocked on her door - I wanted a cookie.  She carried me and my cookie back home.  I think I've remembered every detail because of the trauma I caused my parents.

 

When driving I had spotted a 3 year old walking by himself on the side walk.  He too was barefoot.  I pulled over, parked, got out of the car.  When he caught up to me I said hi, walked with him a bit and asked him where he was going.  "Running away".  Told him it was going to rain a whole bunch and there will be big mud puddles around the corner and I see he doesn't have boots on.  "I have new boots".  "Great, let's go get them!"  He took my hand and we met his frantic mother running towards us as soon as we turned around.  "It's going to rain mommy".  I did my quick errand and on the way home saw the two of them walking.  He now had his boots on and she was carrying an unbrella.

I was appalled when I first saw a child tethered to a leash.  That was before I became a parent.

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Thanks goodness the little Tike is fine. What a scare for any driver, or parent. Centristsin2010,  thanks for your post.  Nancy

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A N.J. driver thought he saw a toy in the middle of the street. It was a baby.

 

September 24 at 7:54 PM
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Readers outraged by viral photo of baby crawling across Joe Parker Road in Lakewood. https://on.app.com/2NFeO9a 

Lakewood baby case: Controversial viral photo draws harsh response

Readers outraged by viral photo of baby crawling across Joe Parker Road in Lakewood.

 

At first, the man behind the wheel wasn’t quite sure what he was seeing.

Cory Cannon was driving to work Saturday evening, cruising through a suburban neighborhood in Lakewood Township, N.J., when he saw something in the road that made him tap his brakes.

 

“I thought it was a toy or something,” Cannon told the Asbury Park Press.


Then it moved.

 

A baby boy, traveling on all fours, had crawled halfway across the street and was in the middle of Cannon’s lane, plodding along perpendicular to oncoming cars. The speed limit on the road is 40 miles per hour.

 

Panicked, Cannon pulled over, stopped traffic behind him and, for proof, snapped a picture of the itinerant infant. A neighbor then joined Cannon and returned the child to his home, said the Lakewood Police Department, which is investigating the incident with the state child protection department.

 

“The family of the child was unaware that he had left until the neighbor returned him,” Lakewood Police Capt. Gregory Staffordsmith said in a statement to The Washington Post on Monday.

 

Lakewood, near the coast, is a fast-growing township of 100,000 that recently reported an increase in fatal crashes.

 

Police said the baby boy may have crawled out through a door that an older sibling left open.

 

The family of the child did not respond to requests for comment.

 

Cannon, who also did not respond to requests for comment, posted his photos of the baby mid-crawl to Facebook on Saturday, igniting what the Asbury Park Press deemed “a media firestorm.” In his post, Cannon was critical of the child’s parents, calling it “parenting at its absolute worst.”

 

On the newspaper’s website, a post sharing its story about the incident drew a wide spectrum of comments, ranging from outrage to understanding, directed at both the parents and Cannon for his role as photographer.
 

One user asked, “How come the parents aren’t charged with reckless endangerment,” and others accused them of “neglect.” Some called Cannon a “Good Samaritan” for stopping traffic, while others criticized him for taking the picture. (Cannon, for his part, took pains to convey that his picture-taking did not slow his reaction, telling the Asbury Park Press, “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.”)

 

But some pointed out that parenting perfection is impossible to achieve, and said this baby’s guardians deserve a little mercy. One man, commenting on the newspaper story, said he did the same thing when he was a toddler.

 

“It happens,” he wrote. “I have a great mom who was very attentive throughout my childhood.”

 

A column in the Star-Ledger on Monday explained, “Why we shouldn’t shame the parents of the Lakewood baby crawling in the road.”

 

“It happened because he was a kid. It happened because no one, absolutely no one, can keep an eye on a kid every minute. And if they do, they are smothering them,” the author wrote, confessing an instance in which he, too, had turned his attention from one of his children.

 

Neighbors, who told local media they didn’t want to be named, said the ire that the online commentariat has directed at the family is unfair.

 

“It’s devastating what people are saying on social media,” the neighbor said, telling the Asbury Park Press that she often sees the family playing with their children at a nearby park.

 

In the glare of social media outrage and a police investigation, the family of the child has remained reserved, but a reporter for the Asbury Park Press who knocked on their front door said the woman who answered called the incident “an accident.” Without opening the door to the reporter she added that she didn’t have time to comment on the situation, saying she was too busy tending to the baby.

 

A N.J. driver thought he saw a toy in the middle of the street. It was a baby


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