On a spring day in April of 2015, a Florida couple was making their way home. On this day, they were running 90 minutes behind schedule. They got stuck in traffic and weren’t able to make it home in time to let their 11-year-old son in the house. Their son didn’t have a key, so he played basketball in the backyard and waited for his parents to get home.
A curious neighbor got nosy and suspicious seeing the boy at home alone, locked outside. The neighbor didn’t check on the child or use any common sense at all; instead, the neighbor contacted authorities to make the unsubstantiated claim that a child was being neglected. Police arrived at the house shortly thereafter.
When the parents finally arrived home, they met a barrage of irrational police officers who obviously made no effort to understand the situation. Instead, the police made a big deal out of nothing and used force rather than common sense. The parents were immediately arrested and charged with neglecting their child. Awestruck, the parents were separated from their son and handcuffed. They were also strip-searched, fingerprinted and thrown in jail for the night.
The 11-year-old boy was immediately called a “victim” who was neglected by his parents. He was removed from the house. The couple’s younger 4-year-old son was also removed from the home by an irrational band of agents working for Florida Child Protective Services. The boys were eventually placed in foster homes for two days and then transferred to relatives.