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Pleasanton police find toddler wandering alone in Walmart parking lot

Original post made on Mar 31, 2011

A young child was found wandering alone in the parking lot of the Walmart store in Pleasanton early this morning, police said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 31, 2011, 7:29 AM

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Posted by jag
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 31, 2011 at 9:47 am

Poor little guy. Hope the authorities find out who's responsible for his abandonment and prosecute them. Also hope he will be placed in a safe, loving home.

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Posted by suesuesue
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2011 at 9:58 am

You must not have read the full article. It clearly explains that the US government (specifically the authors of the ADA) are the responsible party here for specifying the doorknob design. Obviously they will need to be sued for their negligence and right quick. The parents have no fault here whatsoever. This sounds like a wonderful rags-to-riches story in the making!

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Posted by nancy s.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2011 at 10:03 am

@jag - can you read? He wasn't abandoned. He was able to get out of his home. Not hard for a three year old to do. Please stop being a headline reader and read the entire article before you make stupid posts. Luckily timing was traffic crossing that busy street to walmart at 3 am. I think maybe a chain or hook & eye latch at the top of the door will prevent this from happening again.

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Posted by Shannon
a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on Mar 31, 2011 at 10:05 am

Why are they renting ADA Compliant Apartments to non disabled people? If the place was set up for someone in a wheelchair then it should be only rented to someone in need. I would file suit against the apartment complex for not changing the door locks if they were not renting it to a disabled person.

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2011 at 11:01 am

I have 2 young children and the first thing I did when we moved into our place was install a swing bar door guard lock. Without that, our kids would have been running outside without us knowing all the time. It has also helped with stopping the kids from opening our to stangers.

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Posted by Christina
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Mar 31, 2011 at 2:13 pm

When we got our new front door for our house we were told that it was Pleasanton code that required that the door handle be connected to the deadbolt so that in the event of an emergency someone could get out of the house quickly (you turn the knob and the deadbolt unlocks). After we saw our child on the sidewalk in front of our house because she was able to easily open the door, we put a latch on the front door. It is a silly requirement to me - but I don't think we can blame the Federal government on this one.

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Posted by reasonable
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm

While this could have been tragic, this parent obviuosly didn't realize her child could open the door, and she did precisely the right thing which was call police as soon as she realized he was missing! I had a child who got through most latches let alone ordinary locks. At 2 or 3 years old he would climb fences and trees, move chairs around, etc. to find a way out. We finally put a latch at the top of the door where he couldn't reach even with a chair. But that was after multiple times that we found him outside after we thought we'd finally figured him out! Things are not always what they seem.

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Posted by Drexl
a resident of Ironwood
on Mar 31, 2011 at 7:42 pm

The parent's story puts doubt; have to wait until CPS investigation is over; here is my call.

The mom went out; kid woke up looked for her, checked her bedroom, not there and went outside, remember..this is around 2-3am... Mom comes home, sees her kid is not home, freaks out, starts looking for him, and then decides to call police at 6am. I will wait and see who recognizes her from a bar that night....

Kids dont like the dark and dont want to be "alone" especially at his age, our kids run into our did not there..and he went looking for her...

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm

20 years ago, my son, who was 8 months old at the time, crawled out of our house into the street in a residential neighborhood in the middle of the day. A middle-aged couple rang my bell, with him in their arms, and I almost fainted. Honestly, this can happen so quickly (I still have no idea how he got out). He is now 22, an honors college graduate...with a great job..and I often think of that couple and how grateful I am to them for believing in me as a mother. Just going from what I know of my son who ventured out of the house that day as a baby...I would say the little guy in this story is very curious, bright and adventurous...and will someday be an amazing young man.

Hang in there Mom!

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Posted by T
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2011 at 8:32 am

I love how people can quickly start blaming the parents.

My son was 2, when he ESCAPED out of the house, got down the stairs and through our courtyard and almost to the parking lot before a neighbor caught him. Where was I, I was using the bathroom and he was that quick. He figured out how to unlock the door.

Please don't be so quick to be negative and all doom and gloom.

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Posted by Roland
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

While most of us want to make it easier for the handicapped, all too often the government just goes overboard. This door handle requirement is a good example. Kids are going to lose their lives becuase of a misguided requirement. Another is those attrocious yellow bumped-ramps that are now required on sidewalks. The bumps are too high and are not only an annoyance, but are a hazard. I saw a woman trip on the one at Raley's and take a nasty spill. An of couse its a regular occurance to see merchandise damaged as shopping carts roll over those bumps. Save us all from the dolt bureaucrats (and their outrageous pensions).

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Posted by birdland builder
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

It is not about handicap access, it is security code issue.

Almost all cities (including those in Tri-Valley) require that the main entrance door have a lock that opens with a single motion, so people can get out quickly in case of a fire inside the building. In times of panic, even the most simple operation can cause confusion in everyone, and people have perished inside of doors when a fire has occurred bacause they couldn't figure out how to unlock the door. The only difference if this was an accessible unit is that the door lock has to be a lever type instead of a rounded handle. Even people with arthritis appreciate that.

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Posted by Former Pleasanton Resident
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

Why is everyone so "sue happy?" Happily this situation ended well and the little guy is unharmed and back where he belongs. Can't believe that so many first reactions are to sue and who gets to be the target.

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Posted by nancy s.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2011 at 9:42 am

@Drexel - you are so quick to blame. Why, because they rent an apartment? All kids are different. Your kids may have been "fraidy cats" and crawled into bed with you, while other peoples kids may be brave and adventerous, and head outside. He may have awakened, remembered a toy or something he saw at Walmart and wanted to go get it or just started wandering. Authorities always get CPS involved, because they believe government officals always know the right (cough cough) thing to do. As you can see from the makority of the comments (actually almost ALL), other people have had this experience and they weren't out at the bar drinkinig.

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Posted by Safe Not Sorry/Who you gonna call?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:47 am

Those locks that open with a single motion are not a just Pleasanton code, they are part of the national model codes. And they DO save lives in case of fire.
When the house is filled with smoke and fire it can be hard to get a second lock open. People are found dead inside their doors. The Fire services call them Crispy Critters, partly to keep from over reacting to the repeated tragedy.
If you don't have locks that open with a single motion, visit the hardware store and get them. Renters may be able to call the landlord.
Worst case is if you have a key from the inside. Until you can replace that lock, please leave the key IN THE LOCK when ever anyone is home.
AND Train everyone to meet at a particular place, and don't go back in. Take your cell or wireless phone if you can and call the Fire Department from a safe place. From a cell phone the best number to call for a fire emergency is: 925-373-5402 for Livermore or Pleasanton.
Call 9-1-1 if you didn't preprogram, but that can go to the Highway Patrol and take longer.

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Posted by jag
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm

When the first article appeared, it just said he was found wandering in the lot at 3 am--that was the only info posted--so maybe i jumped to a conclusion, but I'm not stupid!! Glad all is OK!

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Posted by Because I care!
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Apr 3, 2011 at 10:56 pm

My take on things? This little fella is going to be the soldier that is not afraid to fight for our freedom! The kids who crawl into their parents beds because they're afraid of the dark are going to be the namby pambies who complain about the freedoms they DON'T have and feel that they deserve without earning them. All of my children grew up to be what they showed signs of doing in their early lives, which all required a good amount of courage. I think this little guy has already shown what he's made of.

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