Would you turn someone in if you new the child was neglected or endangered?

United States
March 17, 2009 7:57pm CST
I know of someone that has been turned in for child neglect. This person is going through a difficult time. She has children and is expecting another. The children have been put in situations that they basically were ignored, and not taken care of by the parent. The neglect over the years got more and more, it was easier for the parent to leave the children with someone else to take care of. Would you take matters into your own hands if it was in the best interest of the children, especially when you knew that they were not under good influence, and were being neglect, and also child endangerment?
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
18 Mar 09
When it comes to children, their safety and care is paramount above anything else and if I knew of a child that was being mistreated in some way I could not do nothing...heck, I have reported people for not caring for a pet properly let alone a child! As much as I am the type of person who hates complicating other people's lives, in a situation involving innocent children's lives I would not hesitate. I hope the person in your discussion receives the help she needs and her children are ok.
• United States
18 Mar 09
The person in the discussion, I don't know about if they are getting help or not, and I do hope that the children are ok and safe. I would have a difficult time turning someone in, but if it was for the child's safety, and the neglect or child endangerment could be proved, I would go for it.
@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
18 Mar 09
It might be that the very reason we witnessed such child neglect is some kind of fate asking as to act in behalf of the children. I don't see any reason why I should not ask the proper authorities to do what what should be done such situation. The parent may also need a real help and I believe that governments are formed not just to punish the wrong doers but to give chance for others to start anew.
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• United States
18 Mar 09
I agree with you, but in the case the government is moving real slow. I would love to go into more detail but can't. But, I have heard that the parent is planning on taking the kids and moving out of the area. Probably just to get away from the Social services. Hopefully they will step in soon. Thank you for your comments.