Most parents who take their kids out to shop have an ever-present dark thought in the back of their minds. What if I lose focus for a moment, and somebody takes my child? After all, it’s pretty much impossible to be focused on the whereabouts of a child and locate every item on a long shopping list without being distracted at least for a few seconds.
Unfortunately, there are people out there who hope for such a vulnerable window to arise. Although we certainly don’t want to overstate the threat, it is possible that a predator could be watching and waiting for any chance to snatch a child away. One report indicates that around 300 children are abducted a year.
In one story of a parent who lost their child while shopping in Walmart, the outcome was totally unexpected. The busy shopper was terrified when their little boy disappeared, only to find him doing something extraordinary. He was praying before a sign of missing children at the front of the store.
In a more recent story from Fort Worth, Texas, a loss prevention officer at Walmart served as a vital second set of eyes for distracted parents. Just in time, the officer caught a man and a woman allegedly attempting to kidnap a four-year-old girl from a cart. The incident took place on a Monday evening around 6 p.m. at a Walmart in south-east Fort Worth.
Thanks to the employee’s watchful eyes, the child was safe and uninjured. The man and woman left the store and took off in a red SUV before the police could arrive. Employees were able to give a description of the suspects and their car to the Fort Worth Police, who are now asking anyone with information to call them.