A mother in Westbrook, Maine was arrested by police and charged with child endangerment after she let her 7-year-old daughter play unsupervised in a park a few hundred feet from their home.
Nicole Jensen told reporters with WMTW that police asked her to accompany them to the station because her child was “outside unsupervised”.
“They said, ‘Do you know where your daughter is?’ and I said, ‘Yes,’ and they said, ‘Well no you don’t. She’s at the police station,” Jensen said about when police called her. “[The officer] said she was at the park unsupervised, no one knew where she was, and if I hadn’t gotten a hold of you, I would have taken her into DHHS.”
Of course, it was some busy body neighbor who called the cops after seeing the child alone in the park.
That’s right, it has now become the norm for Americans to panic and call the police if they see a child playing in a park.
Even though Jensen can see the park from her porch, and requires her kids to check in with her every hour, as well as organising with other parents to look out for each other’s kids, it wasn’t enough.
“I can usually count on at least a dozen that I know and that she plays with,” Jensen said. “We watch each other’s kids. I don’t just send her over here and ignore her all day.”
Police claim that the girl had been on her own in the park for an hour.
“That’s a long time for a 7-year-old girl to be by herself in any location, let alone a public park,” said Westbrook Police Chief Janine Roberts.
The horror. After all, parks and playgrounds are no places for children.
“If we’re not able to locate the responsible adult and reunite the child with that person, then we’re going to bring them back where we’ve got the resources and the facilities to watch her and care for her,” Roberts said.
Instead of walking the girl one minute to home, the cops took the child into custody, presumably to make a point.
“She was terrified,” Jensen said of her daughter. “They brought her to the police station when her house is right there.”
The case has been referred to DHHS and Jensen says she will go to court to fight against the charges of endangerment.
In addition, it’s indicative of a fear driven and mollycoddled society that self-polices according to rules handed down by a nanny-state. Neighborhood watch has taken on a whole new meaning in the new America.