I still shudder when I am at a mall and hear a report on the loudspeaker about a cild being lost.
I remember as if it happened yesterday. My daughter was about a two and a half year old when she got lost.

At the time i was about 6 months pregnant. I was home with my sister and daughter on my day off from work. I had just gone to my next door neighbour to assist with an errand. My baby girl was looking for me, then my sister opened our gate and escorted her next door up to the gate and left.

Unaware that she had some coins with her, she went out the gate. She said she wanted to buy some sweets when we later found and asked why she left the neighbourhood. When i got home she wasn’t there.

She was gone. Simply vanished Gone without a trace.We looked everywhere, checked with the other neighbourhood kids if they had seen her, nothing. Phoned all the police stations and left a word should anyone bring in an unknown child.

I met some boys from my street coming home from work at the train station, because that’s where the shops were.When I described her and what she was wearing they told me they saw her with a man going across the railway line, the man was carrying her.

I called the police station across the railway line. Fortunately there were police patrolling and they saw the two of them. When the man saw the police he said he was taking her to the police.

My daughter was saved and the police brought her home. She told us stye man looked like her uncle that was why she went with him.

I will never forget that day and the fact that being friendly with your neighbours pays. Without those observant boys I would never have found my daughter.

Last but not least i want to say there are no bad mothering, it can happen to anyone. So if it happens to you in future, do not lose hope, go out and look and contact all your friends and neighbours and use all the available resources before its to late.

Posted anonymously, 4th August 2014

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  • I will never forget the day my 2-3 year old boy ran out of the Target store without telling me as he was browsing at some items outside the shopfront and the split panic of a mother wondering where he was and running looking for him . Finally he came inside and said he was looking at some toys. He got some scolding never to do that again . No matter how good you are , kids are still kids and we only hope they stay safe .


  • It never happened to me, thank god! It did happen to my parents though, and I was the culprit. Decided to go for a walk with the family dog didn’t I? Age 3 wandering around who knows where. All good, the police returned me home, safe and sound


  • It is scary, I panic if I lose if I lose my daughter even In the supermarket.


  • How frightening that must have been for you. It goes to show that bad things can happen to good people, no matter how careful they usually are. Accidents happen.


  • My daughter ran off the other day and hid, my goodness I had a dozen people looking. Thank goodness you got your daughter back!


  • My god im so glad you found her safe and well.
    It amazes me sometimes how kids can one minute be standing right next to you and the next be gone it happens so quickly.


  • I would be frantic. I often get told that I need to relax with my daughter because I am always watching her and need to know where she is (pretty much at all times). Thankfully her dad is the same! She is so quick and so inquisitive and we live near some busy roads so for us vigilance is our best defense!


  • So very sorry I accidentally commented on your story after having read another and considering what to write.

    • It would be your most awful nightmare come true to be in this situation. My son and I were in a shop in Seaworld and I turned around and he had disappeared and he was 7 at the time. I had just gotten to panic mode when he turned up. I can’t imagine how you felt for all that time. Those boys are true gems.


  • I’m so very sorry to read about you and your daughters battle. You are an extremely brave lady, as this is the worst news and thing a parent could go through.


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