Earlier today I was reading about a drunken 4-year-old boy...4 years old!! This is an article from Medford News
"A 4-year-old boy police say left his home, beer in hand and prowled the neighborhood stealing Christmas presents, has been removed from his mother's home.
State officials confirm that 4-year-old Hayden Wright has been removed from his mother's home and is staying with relatives while the case is under investigation. The boy is with other unnamed family members... and his mother, 21-year-old April Wright, is able to visit the child.
April Wright says she is going through a divorce with her husband, who is in jail on drug and theft charges. She says she is not sure how her 4-year-old managed to get out of the house, open a beer, and steal the neighbors presents from under their tree.
The child, Hayden Wright, was found around 1:45 am Tuesday, wandering the streets of his neighborhood. In a police reports, officers said he was wearing a little girl's dress and drinking a beer. The police report says the child had to be taken to the hospital to be treated for alcohol consumption.
Wright says she woke up that night at 1:45 am and panicked when she found Hayden was gone. She says she put safety devices on all the doors so her kids couldn't get out, but Hayden was able to break the safety device off the doorknob and get outside.
"He runs away trying to find his father," Wright said. "He wants to get in trouble so he can go to jail because that's where his daddy is."
The police report said Hayden sneaked into a neighbor's house through an unlocked front door, and stole five wrapped Christmas gifts. One was a girl's brown dress which Hayden was wearing when police found him.
"Going to the neighbor's house and taking their presents, very embarrassing," said April.
She admits she was not just embarrassed, but scared. She said she tries to be a good mother and loves her son, but now feels like a failure.
"Kids do things like this and it's out of your control, you can do the best you can as a mother, everyone makes mistakes, it was an honest mistake," she said...."
What I would like to know, is How does that even happen?? I mean wouldn't the mother notice at some point in time? Sometimes you have to wonder about people....