On July 18, New York mom Ashley Bradley was home with her 9-month-old son, whom she had just put down for a nap, when she saw a stranger at the door. The woman, who claimed to be from Delaware County Child Protective Services, said she was there to remove her son from her care, CafeMom reports.
No parent ever wants a visit from CPS, so Ashley instinctively felt mad and hurt at first. Fortunately, she quickly came to her senses and remembered she had done nothing wrong that would warrant the governmental agency's visit to her home. So the mom began to take a closer look at the stranger who had appeared at her home. "I realized that 1. She didn't have a state-issued badge, 2. My son's name was spelled wrong on the folder she had in her hand, and 3. I have no CPS cases so they would not have been coming to my house," Ashley wrote in a Facebook post later that day, where she detailed the scary incident. The woman also claimed to be from a different county than she was from, she told CafeMom.
When she began to question the woman, Ashley saw that something fishy was going on. "When I asked her for proof of who she is, she got an attitude and stated, 'I just told you who I am!'"
The mom, who told the stranger she was going to call the police, then went inside her home to get her phone. She wouldn't let the woman into her house, so the stranger was left standing on her porch. When Ashley returned, she saw the woman walking quickly around the corner of her house.
The mom says the police officer she contacted told her that "people come from different countries and states [to] kidnap kids and traffic them, [and] it does not matter what the age." Accompanying her Facebook post is a photo of a police officer jotting down all the details surrounding the incident.
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Ashley's story has since gone viral with more than 200,000 shares and 13,000 comments, many of which expressed concern and shock. As one user pointed out, via a link in the comments, there's been another recent incident involving phony CPS caseworkers in another part of the country. Over the weekend, CBS 3 Philly reported that in Dover, DE, a woman and three men showed up at a mom's home claiming to be from CPS and saying they needed to check on the welfare of her children. But when the mom became suspicious and said she was going to call the police, the suspects left. Back in 2014, a similar incident happened to a mom from Indiana.
Clearly shaken up by what occurred, Ashley has already taken additional action in her own home. "My son is going to stay with someone safe for a few days until I can get my house set up to where 'if' someone attempts to [come] in and take my child they will leave in a body bag!!!!" she wrote. She also wants to share her story to help keep other children protected as well. "This mom is going to make sure her baby is safe, and for anyone who experiences this, lock your door, call the cops, and keep your kids with you till they get there."
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