This “horror story,” as the mom concerned calls it, began like every night for billions of parents around the world.
“I open the door. I see him in his bed,” she tells viewers in the TikTok about the night. “He’s perfectly fine.”
Next thing she knows, she’s being woken up by police in her bedroom.
“Woken by three police officers”
The mom says that at around 1:45 am, she was “woken up by three police officers coming into my bedroom. Not my front door. My bedroom.”
The police tell @mustangashley9 and her husband that they, “found a toddler outside in the front yard, crying and screaming, and cold. We have him outside waiting in an ambulance.”
She adds, “I, just being woken up from a dead sleep, rush into my son’s room to find him not there. And then proceed to run down the stairs, out the door, completely barefoot, with no coat, and down the block to find my son.”
The mom is alright now, her toddler is fine – but she will never forget the terror of the moment.
“I did not wake to the baby monitor that is stationed in his room, to the door opening, to police officers knocking on my door, to anything at all,” she says, confused.
And it seems that her “backups” – her husband, mother-in-law, and her other child didn’t wake up, either. The biggest surprise was that the dog didn’t bark at any activity.
“No one else in my house woke either until the police officers arrived in my bedroom,” she adds.
All of this has led the mom to feel intense guilt. “I don’t know how long he was out there. I feel like the shittiest mom ever.”
She concludes her video by saying, “I am not going to sleep well for a very long time.”
“My kid ran onto a highway when he was three”
Viewers gave the distraught mm some comfort, sharing their own stories of ‘near-misses’.
“I think all parents have a scare with their little ones getting out. It happened to me. I got the locks for the top of my doors as a secondary measure,” shared one.
“I have one that went to the ER twice and had to call Poison Control within six weeks. I was convinced ‘they’ would take my kids away,” recalled another.
Other parents tried to tell the mom to not be too hard on herself.
“When my oldest was three he ran into a three-lane highway when I was buckling his little brother into the car seat. He was fine, I was not,” wrote one viewer.
Some reassured the mom that she’d only be a “bad mom” if she didn’t care, with one writing, “You can tell you are a mom that loves your kids just by being humble in this video.”