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Concerned Residents Contact Authorities Over Mother-Daughter Running Duo

Concerned Residents Contact Authorities Over Mother-Daughter Running Duo
The Allium Family Press


Recently, concerned neighbors in a Chesterfield County subdivision contacted County authorities after witnessing a mother and her young daughter out together on a Saturday morning run. Witnesses allege that the girl appeared to be running alongside her mother, with no apparent destination, seemingly running for fitness.

“I mean, I don’t want to be up in her business, but it was a Saturday morning. What was that mother thinking? Weren’t cartoons still on? That kid looked to be maybe only 6 or 7 and I was sure she would rather be watching My Little Pony. Who makes their kid go for a run on a Saturday morning? That’s why I called,” said a local resident who asked to remain anonymous.

Her neighbor spoke up as well. “I mean, they weren’t even running on a sidewalk. They were on the side of the road and a car could have come their way! I call that child endangerment.”

Another neighbor speculated that since it was the day after report cards had been sent home from school, that maybe the girl had brought home a bad report card and the run was a punishment.

“Either way,” he said, “it looked suspicious enough to me to make the call. Isn’t running bad for kids, especially girls, at that age? I mean, she could destroy her knees with all that running. I think that mom should be looked at for abuse.”

County Child Protective Services’ spokesman, John Smith, he stated that he could not comment on the current open investigation, but asserted that all child welfare calls are taken seriously and are fully investigated. “We encourage the public – if you see something, say something.” Smith said in our phone interview.

The accused mother, whose identity is being protected, said only that her daughter, who is 6 years old, is healthy, happy, and even asked to go with her on short runs. She also pointed out that there are very few sidewalks in their part of the county, but that their half mile run took place on a very lightly traveled neighborhood street that was certainly wide enough to avoid any oncoming traffic. When asked if she felt threatened by the CPS investigation, she replied “I don’t know. Would anyone be investigating me if I was feeding her ice cream and candy for breakfast? I doubt it. But a half mile run is abusive or negligent? We just hope common sense prevails.”

In the meantime, she stated that she and her daughter will continue their Saturday morning runs until they hear a final ruling from CPS. CPS is expected to complete their investigation within 3 weeks.