A man in Washington was mowing his lawn when he heard terrible screams coming from a neighbor’s house across the street. The man went to check to see if everything was okay, and everything most certainly wasn’t. A toddler had been bungee-tied to a fence in the yard. The screaming child had gotten tangled up in the cord, which was around her neck.
Matt Knight was shocked when he spotted his neighbor’s child all tied up to a metal gate. He snapped a photo, and reported his find to KHQ. “I walked over there and the kid, like the photo you saw, was strapped or caught up in some of the bungee strap to the fence.”
“Because of the previous things that had happened there [at the house] I wanted some photo evidence versus a bunch of hearsay,” he added.
The family have a history of domestic problems. Police have been called to the home on at least three separate occasions.
Knight snapped the photo quickly, set the toddler free and contacted the police. The good neighbor hopes that the Department of Social Health Services will do something to help the child. The department refuses to comment on the case, citing privacy rights. They’re only allowed to comment in cases involving the death or near death of a child.
Someone claiming to be the child’s mother called KHQ and said the curious child went over to the cord and got tangled in it accidentally. She had no excuse when asked why such a young child was outside alone, unsupervised.
Knight shudders to think of what might have happened. “That strap or bungee cord was pretty much at neck level. She was up on her feet, but she was kind of struggling around her neck,” he said.
It’s just a good thing for the toddler that someone in the neighborhood cared enough to answer her screams and cries for help.
Source: Mail Online