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Mommy Alert: Beware of Allowing Your Tots to Stray in Stores

This latest clip is just too close for comfort. Similar to the story we told you about in May, another lil girl was molested in plain site at a big name bookstore. The first incident happened in the children's section of an Arcadia Borders and the most recent occurred at a Corte Madera Barnes & Noble, also in California.

This time, a five-year-old stepped just feet away from her mother who was at the counter paying for goods. But, the short distance and those split seconds provided a predator, who was silent during the attack, enough time to take the child's hand and put it inside his pants. Another incident happened at the same store this past Summer. While holiday shopping, you may be tempted to let your tots peruse the next toy aisle or stray a bit while you're in the checkout line, but in light of these reports, you should think twice about doing so.

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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
misssushi, what you are saying that I said... was a quote, hence the "" marks. If you want the source I can give it to you. But I agree with that quote, statistically wise. Child abuse is common, true, but strangers abusing your children is not. You can agree with me, or disagree, My point is that its sensationalizing those events, and that parents shouldnt live in fear or not allow their kids to be kids just because of fear. ...you can tell us personal stories....but that still is not proof that its prelevant.
Sarana Sarana 8 years
I completely agree with CG, the media is making us more scared than need be. You can tell also by how people think that paedophiles didn't exist 20 years ago or that 20 years ago there were far less of them. This is not true, back then we just didn't hear about a child abduction on the other side of the world. It is extremely rare for you child to be molested, and even rarer for them to be abducted. Don't live you lives in fear because of the minuscule chance.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
lol, I didnt misrepresent what she said. She stated that as far as she believes the statistics, its a rare event, and my only point is that it really isnt... It just seems more rare becuase it hardly ever makes it to the media. Child abuse is really common place. People just get away with it becuase most children are too afraid to tell people or testify agasint them and they keep chucking the convicted ones back out of jail. Either way, it seems silly arguing about this on and on.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I understand you don't agree, but that doesn't mean it's an ignorant opinion on her part or that it's ok to misrepresent what she stated. I'll leave it at that since I know she's more than capable of defending herself. :)
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
She says its dangerous becuase the media latches onto things like this and will cause us to live in fear, and I don't agree. There are so many things that dont make it into the media that people do. And if youre counting, not just to children, to everyone. Maybe becuase I havnt lived in the best of areas my entire life and its just a different outlook. Its not fear, its just caution and experience.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
CG didn't say it would never happen.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
I meant to add, it had nothing to do with comments regarding the location of the parents/attentiveness of the parent, and more ignorant remarks about how rare violence and abuse towards children is.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
My comment was in response to people saying this will never happen becuase its overblown media, and in response to the link about the woman that let her 9 year old find his way home. I basically agree with what people like Greggie, Mhg, etc say. My stance is basically that its a dangerous world. I will keep her near me if at all possible, but not that i'm not going to keep her locked in the basement. Some dangerous things can be avoided. Its like fences on pools, you cant watch them EVERY SECOND, so why wouldnt you protect them in every way that you can so that when they venture out they dont drown.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I won't take foolish risks either, but I don't think the mother in this story did that. The thing is, if you never take your eyes off your child in a situation where they may encounter a child predator, you're going to have to go to school with them every day, for starters.
mhg mhg 8 years
i'm totally overprotective and admittedly so. i think things change once you become a parent and move one from an intellectual position to one that is completly in tune to your intuitive side. it happens for a reason. i mean, yes, i know that it very unlikely and yes i know that it is even more unlikely that it would be at the hands of a stranger b/c i know that a very large majority of sexual abuse/molestation occurs from someone you know. however, i also know that as a mother, i will everything in my power, including, hovering like a helicopter, to make sure my boys are ok.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
Violence towards children is NOT rare. Have you been to the supermarket lately? Have you missed the thousands of pictures of missing children? It doesnt matter if it was a stranger, a parent, a friend, etc. It doesnt matter if they are just abducted, or if theyre raped, or if theyre killed. Its still an incident of abuse towards children. Not every single one of those stories makes the media. So no, I dont agree. and no, i wont let my kid wander off into the city alone, becuase I prefer not to toss the dice where my children are concerned. Ive lived everywhere from NH to FL to CA, and I can tell you that a cousin was raped her friends dad, an aunt was molested by a stranger during a class trip, and my friends neice was abducted, taken to mexico, and sold into prostitution at the age of 11 while she attended a sleep over at a friends house. The girls uncle abuducted three children from there. Im not going to live my life paranoid, afraid to let her leave the house, go with friends, etc, but no, I wont take foolish risks just so i can say i laugh in the face of danger.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
No its not a given, thats my point. It might SEEM that way because the media latches on to stories like this and you see them everywhere because every station has them on, but they arent the norm. http://www.nysun.com/editorials/why-i-let-my-9-year-old-ride-subway-alone excellent article. Mom let her 9 year old son, in new york, ride the subway home alone....and what happened afterwords in regards to the world pointing a judging finger.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
No it's not a given. My children are not guaranteed to be molested every time I turn around. It's impossible to keep your eye on your children every single second of the day, especially if you have more than one. Yeah, I said I hover, but that doesn't mean there's never been a minute where one slipped out of sight. They have consequences for not following the rules and learn not to do it, but it is not "a given" that they will be molested.
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 8 years
Geez isn't this a given nowadays why would you even turn your back for a second.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I agree with that as well, CG. Shopping is when I hover, stores are too easy to get lost in. Otherwise, I'm actually pretty laid back.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
although its sad that stuff like this happens, I think its dangerous for the media to report it, its not a regular occurence and its just sensationalizing this childs trauma and its scare tactics that arent necessary. Fear should not rule our lives, especially fear for our childrens safety. "The statistics show that this is an incredibly rare event, and you can't protect people from very rare events. It would be like trying to create a shield against being struck by lightning.” Yes watch your children closely , Yes watch out for stranger danger, but dont allow yourself to become a product of fear.
sarahinparis sarahinparis 8 years
I agree MissSushi - there should be no second chances for convicted child molesters - its not worth the risk. This is especially true when they catch it on tape!! If you don't want to be put away or to death - then don't do it. This stuff makes me so angry. It is insane that we let these people back out.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
I just dont think people who molest children should EVER be given a second chance. They are NEVER EVER rehabilitated. They are ticking time bombs until they do it again. There are interviews with released child molesters that agree that they arnet healthy and would do it again if given the chance! Child molestation ruins childrens lives, and it sickens me that we chuck them back on the street to do it again.
kia kia 8 years
My heart is just racing, and not in a good way reading your write up. I am really overprotective when I am watching my nieces because of stuff like this.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
oops..I meant *At least a picture of the guy somewhere...*
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
better safe than sorry..yup! Greggie it doesn't show the actual molestation in the video..just the creppy guy eyeing the girl and then her walking away (after it happened) looking at him walking towards her mom.\ Its really digusting that it the same guy that stuck his hand up a little 8year old's skirt just months before in the SAME bookstore. Seriously you'd think they'd take action. At apicture of the guy somewhere in or out the store.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Ugh, all the more reason to be "overprotective."
krae85 krae85 8 years
I know I'm going to be a total helicopter mom (I already am with just my dog) but it's worth it to have people say you're overprotective because awful things like this do happen. Better safe than sorry.
SuzieQ3417 SuzieQ3417 8 years
They think it's the same guy who apparently did something similar at the same barnes and noble several months prior to a different little girl. Both instances were caught on video, and even though the pics are fuzzy it sure looks like the same person. They should definitely plaster his picture everywhere - he needs to be caught before he abuses anyone else. Disgusting.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I can't watch the video - it's the same guy as earlier this year??
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