Emilie - posted on 04/19/2010 ( 59 moms have responded )
There is a 5 year old boy that lives a few apt. down from me and I am not sure if his parents properly care for this child. He wears the same clothes for days at a time even if they are covered in dirt. I thought that maybe they don't have enough clothes for him, so I went through my sons clothes and gathered up all the clothes that are to small for my son (my son is 7) I could have taken the clothes to a thrift store but I wanted to make sure that little boy had enough clothes, I know some other people have given him clothes also, but they don't ever put those clothes that I gave to him on him.
When he gets hurt outside the neighbors are always the ones to clean it and bandage it. He is outside all the time with no adult suppervision. He goes around asking neighbors for food. Sometimes his parents leave him alone while they go up the road. I walked outside a couple days ago and he was outside like always, but I didn't see his parents car. I asked him if anybody was home and he said no, that his father had left to take his mother to work. I think it is very wrong of them to leave him alone. What if he was seriously hurt and we didn't know how to get in touch with anybody about him. Sometimes they ask if I can watch him while they go up the road and then they are gone for hours with out leaving me any contact information. I really feel like his parents don't care much about him.
The thing is, is that I am kind of friends with the father. I don't talk to the mother much because she works all the time. The boy plays with my son alot, but alot of time my son does not want to play with him because he is kind of on the annoying side. He does go to daycare, he is in the "More at 4" program, I know he is 5 but he started when he was 4, and he stays in until he starts real school. The daycare teacher has given him some stuff, I don't know if she has called CPS or not. I am going to call tomorrow. I am really nervious about calling though. Today I though he was alone. His dad was not at home and his mother was inside sleeping and the front door was locked (his mother dosen't like to sleep with the door unlocked.) It is not really the mothers fault though because she had worked 3rd shift, and the father should have taken him with him. I didn't realize that he was basically alone until his father got home and I saw him unlock the door, then I found out that his mother was inside sleeping. I also saw the parents fighting the other day and the father was holding the front door shut so his wife couldn't get out. They have a weird relationship.