So, even talking about a child going missing gives me the shivers.
I would love to just bury my head and pretend it doesn’t happen but a few years ago that missing child was nearly my nephew.
I would say “luckily” they got him back but actually it wasn’t luck at all but the very quick actions of the army cadet guys stewarding at the event. Every parent should know what they did, so they can do the same if needed.
Here’s what happened.
Jake was just four years old at the time and like every other child, he knew not to ever talk to strangers or leave his parents when out, so what went wrong?
The whole family was at a beach event in Bournemouth on the southern coast of England . It was very busy so Lucinda (his mum) was holding his hand, Jake is a shy boy so had no interest in leaving her side anyway.
They stopped to look at a stall and she let go of his hand to pick something up, it was just a couple of minutes, if that.
When she looked round to take his hand he wasn’t there!
While trying to stay calm and telling herself he wouldn’t go far she started to look around and call his name, but she still couldn’t see him.