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1611, 22 Aug 18

Mom Questioned for Allowing Daughter to Walk Dog Alone

This is nuts.

An Illinois mother-of-two says she had been investigated by child services for allowing her eight-year-old daughter to walk the family dog by herself in their neighborhood.

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, 48-year-old Corey Widen, of Wilmette, said earlier this month, someone called the police on her after seeing her child outside with her Maltese puppy, Marshmallow, without an adult around.

Police interviewed the mother and decided not to pursue criminal charges, but the incident trigged a two-week investigation by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


After hearing Widen’s response, the officers left without charging her with child neglect.

Under Illinois state law, child neglect is defined as leaving a minor younger than 14 ‘without supervision for an unreasonable period of time without regard for the mental or physical health, safety or welfare of that minor.’


1611, 22 August 2018


  1. dad29

    Wilmette, eh?  Known far and wide for its infestation by gangs, sex deviants, and ……….Illinois residents.

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    No kidding, this is Wilmette, IL, not child predator liberal Hollywood.

  3. Mark Hoefert

    At least the Illinois DFCS saw it for what it was, a crank complaint, which needs to be investigated.  And I am sure the caseworkers appreciated the opportunity to get out and do an investigation – sometimes they must feel like the lonely Maytag repairman – nothing to do.

    Key point is the child is 8 years old and home schooled.  I suspect the complaint comes from someone who feels that a mother should be working, and any child over the age of 1 should be in day care or school, preferably government run and  funded.


  4. dad29

    It took two weeks for DFCS to figure out that it was a crank-wack complaint?

    And yes, the biddy who complained prolly worships the State.


  5. MjM

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