Woman Investigated For Allowing Her 8-Year-Old To Walk Dog Alone

Corey Widen received a visit from police and CFS after her daughter was seen walking their dog alone.

Wilmette, IL Police responded to investigate after a neighbor called the cops on a mother who allowed her eight-year-old daughter to walk their dog unsupervised.

Corey Widen, 48, became the subject of an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (CFS) investigation after her daughter, Dorothy Widen, was seen walking the familys Maltese, Marshmallow, around the block on Aug. 2, Good Morning America reported.

An anonymous caller contacted police, and said that the child was alone and appeared to be under five years old, Widen said.

Soon, officers were at her front door.

I said, Did I do something wrong? Widen recounted to Good Morning America.

The officer explained that they had received a call that Dorothy was less than five years old, but quickly learned that information was false.

Widen said she was shocked, fearful, and angry when she discovered someone had called the police regarding the situation.

We live in a beautiful neighborhood, she told Good Morning America. Were very fortunate Its safe, its clean We stretch and we sacrifice to be there, but thats why. Because its safe.

Widen said that she gave Dorothy the opportunity to walk Marshmallow on her own in order to help give her more independence, and that the appropriateness of giving children freedoms varies depending on the parents, the child, and the area.

Following a CFS investigation, the neglect allegations were determined to be unfounded, Widen said.

Although she was cleared of any wrongdoing, Widen described the investigation as invasive and traumatizing for her family.

The initial call was for an unattended five-year-old, and once they knew didnt even have a five-year-old, it should have stopped there, she said.

She added that such nuisance calls overwhelm an already overworked CFS system, and prevent children who really need help from receiving it.

We did what the people of Illinois ask us to do, CFS said in a statement to Good Morning America. We investigated, we found no wrongdoing on the part of this mother, and we closed the case last week.

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K9ndn
K9ndn

I wouldve with my K9 Kratos. My 11 year old is the master Im just the handler lol.

sbk93036
sbk93036

Letting an eight year old out of your sight? Not smart in this day and age.

satmantoo
satmantoo

Its a good thing this woman was White otherwise wed have protests, burning, looting! It would be on the news nightly for months! Wheres Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson??

15243
15243

Typical invasion of privacy by the overy regulated soviet of Illinois.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

In today's society we have snoops everywhere. Some people like nothing more than to have an excuse to call the police on someone. I remember in school history class reading how Hitler turned neighbors into enemies by having them snooping on their neighbors. Then again, we have to watch out for each other and especially our most vulnerable such as children. BUT.. pick your battles wisely. Know what you are talking about before you do something to shatter the lives of others. It sound more like this woman is a neighborhood busybody. According to the picture above, that child looks nowhere close to being 5 years old.